Program: Beach-nesting Birds

Threatened Small Terns

Small terns depend on both the marine and coastal terrestrial environment, foraging out at sea but roosting and nesting on nearby shores. Our smallest terns, the Little and Fairy Terns, are both vulnerable to extinction.

Populations of Fairy and Little Terns are experiencing major declines in south-eastern Australia. Because of human activities and introduced species, large breeding colonies are becoming rarer and many historical breeding sites are now deserted.

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