Roseate Tern

Image of Roseate Tern

Roseate Terns breed locally on sandy beaches or on gravel rooftops in the Middle and Lower Keys between April and September. The Florida population is estimated to be around 300 pairs and it is federally and state-listed as threatened. When not flying over water searching for food, they can usually be found roosting on sand bars, buoys or channel markers. In spring, the adults develop a pink flush to their otherwise white body feathers. Occasionally, this species may be seen at Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area.

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Bird's habitat

Roseate Terns nest on islands on beaches, in salt marshes and on rocky outcrops; they can be seen along coasts and offshore.

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