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Cuban Charadriiformes - Shorebirds

Black-necked StiltThe birds in this order live near or on the water and they range in size from small to large.

There are 34 species in this order of birds found in Cuba. Some species are year-round residents and others winter in Cuba. Species include the piping plover, the killdeer. the least tern, the Caspian tern, and the ruddy turnstone.

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Cuban Charadriiformes - Shorebirds

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in the Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced breeds in nh Breeds in NH (Birds)
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

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Black-bellied Plover-Pluvialis squatarola Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Bernabe Lopez-Lanus  
Wilson's Plover - Charadrius wilsonia Least Concern North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Andrew Spencer  
Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Allen T. Chartier  
Piping Plover - Charadrius melodus Near Threatened Threatened in US Endangered in NH North America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Ian Davies  
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Todd Mark  
American Oystercatcher -  Haematopus palliatus Least Concern North America South America image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org  Bernabe Lopez-Lanus  
Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus    Least Concern North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Myriam Velazquez  
Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa Least Concern North America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Doug Knapp  
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Julian Quillen Vidoz  
Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Juan Mazar Barnett  
Greater Yellowlegs -Tringa melanoleuca Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Ricardo Gagliardi  
Willet -Tringa semipalmatus Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Andrew Spencer  
Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Fernando Jacobs  
Ruddy Turnstone-Arenaria interpres Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Volker Arnold  
Sanderling -Calidris alba Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Fernando Jacobs  
Semipalmated Sandpiper -Calidris pusilla Near Threatened North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Daniel Lane  
Least Sandpiper -Calidris minutilla Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Andrew Spencer  
Stilt Sandpiper - Calidris himantopus Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Doug Hynes  
Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Doug Hynes  
Bonaparte's Gull - Larus philadelphia Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Paul Driver  
Laughing Gull - Larus atricilla Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Ian Davies  
Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Allen T. Chartier  
American herring gull - Larus smithsonianus Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Stuart Fisher  
Sooty Tern - Sterna fuscata Least Concern Africa Asia Australia North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org David M.  
Bridled Tern - Sterna anaethetus Least Concern Africa Asia Australia North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Charlie Vogt  
Least Tern - Sternula antillarum Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Bernabe Lopez-Lanus  
Gull-billed Tern - Sterna nilotica Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Mayron McKewy Mejía  
Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Andrew Spencer  
Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Ross Ahmed  
Common Tern -Sterna hirundo Least Concern Threatened in New Hampshire Africa Antarctica Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Paul Driver  
Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri Least Concern North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Chris Parrish  
Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus Least Concern Africa North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Bernabe Lopez-Lanus  
Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org David Farrow  
Pomarine Jaeger -Stercorarius pomarinus Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species image More Info Non-breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Lauri Hallikainen  
 

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Wilson's Plover - Charadrius wilsonia profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The Wilson's plover is found along the Atlantic Coast from Delaware south to Florida and along the Gulf Coast. It is also found along the Pacific and Atlantic coast of Mexico, Central America, and South America and in the Caribbean.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The semipalmated plover breeds from Alaska to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. It winters along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from California and the Carolinas south to the Gulf Coast, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The semipalmated plover is very territorial during mating season and often flies a few feet over its territory to warn other plovers away. 
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The semipalmated plover breeds on sandy or mossy tundra. During migration and in the winter, it is found on mudflats, salt marshes, and lakeshores.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Piping Plover - Charadrius melodus profile Photos Audio Near Threatened Threatened in US Endangered in NH North America New Hampshire Species
The piping plover breeds on the northern Great Plains from Alberta, Canada south, along the northern Great Lakes, and along the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to North Carolina. It winters on the Gulf coast, the Caribbean, and the southern Atlantic coast north to North Carolina. The piping plover is a threatened species in the United States and an endangered species in New Hampshire.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Piping Plover - Charadrius melodus profile Photos Video Near Threatened Threatened in US Endangered in NH North America New Hampshire Species
The piping plover is found on sandy beaches on the coast and in dry, sandy areas inland.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The killdeer is found from Alaska to Newfoundland south throughout the United States and into Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American Oystercatcher -  Haematopus palliatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The American oystercatcher is found along the Atlantic Coast from southern New England south to South America. It is also found in the Gulf Coast and on the Pacific Coast north to Southern California.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American Oystercatcher -  Haematopus palliatus profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The American oystercatcher is the largest shorebird in the Americas.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus    profile Photos Audio Video Least Concern North America South America
In the U.S., the black-necked stilt breeds in the western U.S., along the Gulf Coast, and along the Atlantic Coast from Maryland to Florida. It is also found in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus    Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The black-necked stilt has long pink legs and a long pointed black bill.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa Photos Video Least Concern North America
The northern jacana is found in BMexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa profile Photos Least Concern North America
Female northern jacanas mate with up to four individual males and lay eggs as frequently as every nine days.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius   profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The spotted sandpiper breeds across most of Canada and the United States, including New Hampshire. It winters along the the Pacific Coast in the west. In the east, it winters along the Atlantic Coast of the southern United States south to South America.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius   profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The spotted sandpiper is sometimes called the "teeter-tail" because of the way it bobs its rump up and down as it probes for food.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria   profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The solitary sandpiper breeds across Alaska and Canada. It migrates along the Atlantic Coast and the interior of the United States. It winters from southern Texas south to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The solitary sandpiper is truly solitary - it migrates alone, not in flocks.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Solitary Sandpiper - Tringa solitaria   profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The solitary sandpiper and the green sandpiper of Eurasia are the only species of sandpipers that nest in trees.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Greater Yellowlegs -Tringa melanoleuca   profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The greater yellowlegs breeds from south-central Alaska east to Newfoundland. It winters on the Pacific coast from Washington south, on the Atlantic coast from Virginia south, along the Gulf Coast, and in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Greater Yellowlegs -Tringa melanoleuca   profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The greater yellowlegs wades through the shallow water with its long legs, sweeps its head back and forth, and skims up small fish and aquatic animals in its turned up bill.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Willet -Tringa semipalmatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The willet is found along the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia south to South America and along the Pacific Coast from Washington to South America. It also breeds in the interior of Canada and the U.S. from Alberta east to Manitoba and south to California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Willet -Tringa semipalmatus profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
Willets are very territorial and aggressively defend their nesting and feeding territory. 
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The lesser yellowlegs breeds across Alaska and northern Canada eastward to western Quebec and it winters in the southern United States southward to southern South America and northward along the coasts to southern central California and New Jersey .
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The lesser yellowlegs is a relatively tame bird and will allow intruders to approach at close distances.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The lesser yellowlegs spends the breeding season in grassy meadows, bogs, burned out forest areas, and other open areas or natural clearings. 
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres   profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The ruddy turnstone is found on shorelines around the world. It breeds along the coastline from western Alaska east to Greenland. The ruddy turnstone also breeds in arctic regions of Europe and Asia. In the Western Hemisphere, it winters along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts from Oregon and Connecticut south to South America. It also winters on the Gulf Coast and in the Caribbean.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sanderling - Calidris alba profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The sanderling breeds on the high arctic tundra of Alaska and northern Canada. It winters along the coast from British Columbia and Massachusetts south to South America. It is also found in Europe and Asia.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sanderling - Calidris alba profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
Small groups of sanderlings can often be  seen on beaches scurrying after waves as they roll back out to sea. They are actually looking for tiny crustaceans and mollusks exposed by the retreating water.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sanderling - Calidris alba profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
During breeding season, the sanderling lives on the tundra, usually near a freshwater source like a lake or pond. In the winter, it can be found on beaches; sandbars; mudflats; and pond, lake, and river shores.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Semipalmated Sandpiper -Calidris pusilla profile Photos Video Audio Near Threatened North America South America New Hampshire Species
The semipalmated sandpiper breeds in northern Alaska and Canada south to the Hudson Bay. It migrates through the eastern and central states and winters in South America and the Caribbean.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Semipalmated Sandpiper -Calidris pusilla profile Photos Video Near Threatened North America South America New Hampshire Species
Semipalmated means half-webbed. The semipalmated sandpiper's toes are actually only slightly webbed, just enough to help them walk on the mud without sinking.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Semipalmated Sandpiper -Calidris pusilla profile Photos Near Threatened North America South America New Hampshire Species
During migration, thousands of semipalmated sandpipers can gather to rest and feed on shores.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Least Sandpiper -Calidris minutilla profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The least sandpiper breeds from Alaska east to Newfoundland, Canada. It winters along the Pacific Coast from California south to South America and on the Atlantic Coast from New Jersey south to South America. It is also found in inland areas in the Southeast and the Southwest. 
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Stilt Sandpiper - Calidris himantopus profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The stilt sandpiper breeds on the Arctic tundra of Alaska and Canada and winters in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The short-billed dowitcher breeds in Alaska and Canada and winters along the Atlantic Coast from Maryland to South America, along the Gulf Coast into Central America and South America and along the Pacific Coast from California to South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bonaparte's Gull - Larus philadelphia profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Bonaparte's gull breeds in Alaska and Canada. It winters in the Caribbean, in the Gulf Coast, in Mexico, and along the Great Lakes.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bonaparte's Gull - Larus philadelphia profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Bonaparte's gull is the only gull that nests in trees. 
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bonaparte's Gull - Larus philadelphia profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
Bonaparte's gull eats small fish, crustaceans, snails, and marine worms. 
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Laughing Gull - Larus atricilla profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The laughing gull breeds along the Atlantic Coast from Canada south to Florida and the Caribbean and along the Gulf Coast. It winters from Virginia south to South America and along the Gulf Coast, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The laughing gull is rarely found inland, and usually it is not found far out at sea.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Laughing Gull - Larus atricilla profile Photos Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The laughing gull gets it name for its loud and high-pitched "ha ha ha ha ha ha" laughing call. 
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Laughing Gull - Larus atricilla profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The laughing gull is a social bird and hunts, rests, nests, and migrates in groups.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The ring-billed gull breeds in the Northwest from the prairies of Canada south to California. It is also found in the Great Lakes region, the Canadian Maritimes, and northern New England. It winters from southern New England south to Cuba, from the Great Lakes south to the Gulf of Mexico, and from British Columbia south to Mexico.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America New Hampshire Species
The ring-billed gull eats insects, seeds, grain, fish, and garbage. It is sometimes called the "fast food gull" because it often hangs around fast food restaurants scavenging for food.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American herring gull - Larus smithsonianus profile Photos Video Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
In North American, the American herring gull breeds across Alaska and northern Canada, south to the Great Lakes and along the Atlantic Coast south to North Carolina. It winters from southern Alaska south to Mexico and from the Great Lakes and Massachusetts south to the Caribbean and Central America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American herring gull - Larus smithsonianus profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The American herring gull is one species of bird that has adapted very well to human activity. It scavenges for food around dumpsters, garbage dumps, restaurant parking lots, and fishing harbors.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

American herring gull - Larus smithsonianus profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The Herring gull is found on islands, beaches, mudflats, fields, meadows, golf courses, beside lakes and rivers, in the grassy areas of airports, and in garbage dumps.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sooty Tern - Sterna fuscata Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia North America South America
The sooty tern is found in tropical oceans around the world and breeds on islands around the equator
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Sooty Tern - Sterna fuscata profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia North America South America
The sooty tern rarely lands on the water to catch food. It has poor oil glands and its feathers can become waterlogged if they get too wet.
Source: Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bridled Tern - Sterna anaethetus Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia North America South America
The bridled tern is found on tropical oceans around the world and breeds on the coasts of Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, southeast Asia, and Australia and surrounding islands.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Least Tern - Sternula antillarum profile Photos Audio Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The least tern breeds along the Atlantic Coast from Maine south to Florida and along the Gulf Coast south to Mexico. It also breeds along the Pacific Coast from California south to Mexico. It also breeds in isolated areas inland along the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers inland to Montana, Kentucky, and Missouri. It is also found in scattered areas in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Nebraska. It winters along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts south to Mexico. The least tern is also found in Central America and the Caribbean. The least tern is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is an state endangered species in New Hampshire. There are records of the least tern breeding in New Hampshire in Seabrook between 1953 and 1960, but the least tern has been considered a non-breeding species in New Hampshire since 1980.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Least Tern - Sternula antillarum profile Photos Audio Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The least tern is found on sandy and pebbly beaches and on sandbars in large rivers.
Source: National Audubon SocietyIntended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gull-billed Tern - Sterna nilotica Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America
The gull-billed tern is found along the Atlantic Coast from New York to South America. It is also found in the Gulf Coast and along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to South America. It is also found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia and surrounding islands.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Gull-billed Tern - Sterna nilotica profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America
The gull-billed tern breeds on gravelly or sandy beaches. 
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia   profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The Caspian tern breeds in scattered areas along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts; along the Great Lakes; in the west-central United State; and in central Canada. It winters along the Pacific Coast from southern California south to Guatemala, and along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina south to the Caribbean and along the Gulf Coast south to Mexico. It is also found in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia   profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The Caspian tern is very aggressive when protecting its breeding grounds. It chases and even attacks other birds that enter its area. It will even peck the heads of people that wander into its territory.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia   profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The Caspian tern breeds in salt marshes, barrier islands, lake islands, and river islands. It winters along coastlines, rivers, and lakes.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii profile Photos Video Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The roseate tern breeds along the Atlantic Coast from Nova Scotia, Canada south to New York. It also breeds in the Florida Keys. It winters along the coast of South America. It is also found in the Caribbean, Europe, the Indian Ocean, South Africa, and Western Australia. 
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii profile Photos Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
In New Hampshire, the roseate tern breeds on the Isles of Shoals. They return to the islands in April and May. 
Source: NH Fish and Game Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii profile Photos Audio Least Concern Endangered in US Endangered in NH Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The roseate tern breeds on rocky, coastal islands; barrier beaches; and salt marsh islands. It winters offshore or along coasts.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo  profile Photos Video Least Concern Threatened in New Hampshire Africa Antarctica Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The common tern breeds from Alberta, Canada east to Labrador, Canada and south to Montana, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast. It winters from Florida south to the Caribbean and South America. The common tern is also found in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo profile Photos Least Concern Threatened in New Hampshire Africa Antarctica Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
In New Hampshire, the roseate tern breeds on the Isles of Shoals. They return to the islands in April and May. 
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo profile Photos Audio Least Concern Threatened in New Hampshire Africa Antarctica Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species breeds in nh
The common tern population has been declining due to habitat loss and nest disturbance. Their nests are often difficult to see on beaches and their eggs can be easily destroyed by people stepping on the them.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Forster's tern is found along the Atlantic Coast from Massachusetts south to Florida, on the California coast, on the Gulf Coast, along the Great Lakes, and in scattered locations in Nevada, southern Idaho, Utah, Colorado, the Midwest, and south central Canada. It winters along the Pacific Coast south to Central America and along the Atlantic Coast from Virginia south to the Caribbean.
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Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri   profile Photos Video profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Forster's tern is the only tern species that is found only in North America.
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Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri   profile Photos profile Photos Least Concern North America New Hampshire Species
Forster's tern eats small fish. It flies over the water and then dives below the surface to snatch up its prey. It also eats insects from the surface of the water.
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Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus   profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa North America South America New Hampshire Species
The royal tern breeds along the Atlantic Coast from Maryland to Florida, and along Gulf Coast to northern Mexico. It sometimes wanders further north. It also breeds in southern California and western Mexico. It winters on the Pacific Coast from southern California to Peru, and along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina southward to northern South America and throughout the Caribbean. It is also found along the coast of western Africa.
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Royal Tern - Thalasseus maximus   profile Photos Audio Least Concern Africa North America South America New Hampshire Species
The royal tern is found on sandy beaches, harbors, estuaries, and waters near the coast.
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Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America South America
The sandwich tern is found from Virginia south to South America, including on the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coast of Central America and northern South America.
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Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis profile Photos Least Concern Africa Asia Europe North America South America
The sandwich tern is found in a variety of habitats including sandy or rocky beaches, ocean cliff sides, estuaries, and large inland lakes.
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Pomarine Jaeger -Stercorarius pomarinus profile Photos Video Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species
The pomarine jaeger is a seabird that nests on the Arctic tundra and winters in warm ocean waters off the coasts of North America, Central America, the Caribbbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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