Lesser Crested Tern (species: Sterna bengalensis) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Sterna bengalensis
Lesser Crested Tern

©Ceri Pearce: Lesser Crested Tern at Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group. The bird in the background is a Crested Tern.

©Ceri Pearce: A single Lesser Crested Tern (at right) with three Crested Terns at Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group

©Anne Hoggett: Lesser Crested Tern at Cod Hole near Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Sternidae
Genus Sterna
Species Sterna bengalensis
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

White below and around back of neck, grey above, a bright orange bill. Head has a black cap with a short shaggy crest at the nape.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


The scientific name is not accepted by Integrated Taxonomic Information System
by Gaia Guide


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


Nests at Eagle Island in summer in association with Crested Terns (Domm, 1977).

Web resources


  • Blaber, S.J.M., D.A. Milton, M.J. Farmer and G.C. Smith (1998). Seabird breeding populations on the far northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Trends and influences, Emu, 98: 44-57. LIRS catalog number 662.
  • Blaber, S.J.M., D.A. Milton, G.C. Smith and M.J. Farmer (1995). Trawl discards in the diets of tropical seabirds of the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 127: 1-13. LIRS catalog number 433.
  • Domm, S. (1977). Sea birds and waders of the Lizard Island area, The Sunbird, 8: 1-8. LIRS catalog number 4.
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