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Peruvian Tern Sternula lorata

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The Peruvian Tern is endemic to the Humboldt Current zone along the Pacific Coast of South America, from central Ecuador south to northern Chile. It is included in the cosmopolitan Sternula superspecies, of which two other representatives occur in the Neotropics, the boreal migrant Least Tern Sternula antillarum and Amazonian resident Yellow-billed Tern Sternula superciliaris, neither of which occur within the range of the Peruvian Tern. The Peruvian Tern nests well above the tide line on broad beaches or dunes but will also nest on barren stony desert a considerable distance inland. It feeds primarily on anchovetta although the diet also includes krill; Peruvian Terns capture their food by plunge-diving from heights of up to 10 m.

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Recommended Citation

Peruvian Tern (Sternula lorata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/perter2