Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Caspian terns feeding chick

Caspian terns feeding chick

Once the chicks hatch, parents take turns to brood and guard them for up to 10 days, while the other brings food, usually small whole fish. The chicks make excited whistles and squeals when about to be fed.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Caspian and fairy terns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015