Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea. Young Leave nest 1-3 days after hatching, find place to hide nearby.
Terns forage in flight, swooping to catch fish or insects. Most are water birds that feed on invertebrates or small aquatic creatures. This migration is mostly completed well offshore, but occasionally birds are seen from shore. The parents continue to bring fish, slowly increasing the volume of food so that the Arctic tern chick learns to feed itself on bigger prey. Nest site is on ground in the open. Washington Range Map. The Arctic Tern forages by flying slowly upward, hovering briefly, and dropping from the air to catch prey below the water's surface.
In North America, seldom seen from land south of its breeding grounds. Its distinctive silhouette is very elegant when crossing the blue sky.
The nest is a hollow on the ground, a shallow scrape often unlined, usually in short vegetation, sand or gravel, at a good distance from the water. If you find the information on BirdWeb useful, please consider supporting Seattle Audubon.
Arctic Tern All: Fish, crustaceans Appearance: It may occasionally feeds on berries in early spring. Migration Status True long-distance migrants, some Arctic Terns migrate greater distances than any other birds, traveling from the high Arctic to the Antarctic and back every year.
One to three days after hatching, the young leave the nest and hide in nearby cover. Behavior The Arctic Tern forages by flying slowly upward, hovering briefly, and dropping from the air to catch prey below the water's surface.
The Bird Guide Adopt a Bird. Related cruises. Eggs, chicks, and adult Arctic terns nesting on the ground are vulnerable to foxes, cats, and other seabirds, such as skuas.
Elsewhere no obvious trend. The pair returns to the same colony every year.