Inca Tern

Larosterna inca

These unique looking shore birds live and nest in huge colonies along the west coast of South America – from Ecuador and Peru to Chile. They use the rocky cliffs to build their nests and lay their eggs.

Conservation Status: Due to moderately rapid population decline, inca terns have been listed as near threatened since 2004.

Did you know?
The inca tern will sometimes scavenge food scraps from sea lions and fishing boats.