Kōrero: Gulls, terns and skuas

Caspian tern with egg and new chick

Caspian tern with egg and new chick

Caspian terns are the largest of the terns and have a distinctive bright-orange bill tipped with black. Their nests are unlined scrapes on sand or shingle. The chick in this egg is pipping – breaking through the shell with its egg tooth, a horny cap on top of its beak that will fall off in a day or two.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Department of Conservation
Reference: 10033860
Photograph by Rod Morris

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Ngā whakaahua me ngā rauemi katoa o tēnei kōrero

Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Caspian and fairy terns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/6128/caspian-tern-with-egg-and-new-chick (accessed 30 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015