Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Laridae
Genus
Thalasseus
 
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Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans

Gary P. Burness, Kara L. Lefevre, and Charles T. Collins
Version: 2.0 — Published January 1, 1999

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Figure 1. Distribution of the Elegant Tern in North and Central America. - Range Map
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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Figure 1. Distribution of the Elegant Tern in North and Central America.

After breeding, individuals disperse north along the Pacific coast to northern California, or, in years of warm water intrusions, to southern British Columbia. The species winters primarily in South America, but small numbers winter locally along the Pacific coast north to Nayarit, Mexico. See text for details.

Recommended Citation

Burness, G. P., K. L. Lefevre, and C. T. Collins (1999). Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.404