Thursday, 18 April 2013

Inca Tern: The Magnificently Mustached Bird

image credit: Fiorellino cc

The Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is a seabird in the family Sternidae. This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.

Sadly, its population has decreased at a rapid rate due to the loss of suitable nesting areas. There are only an estimated 150,000 left, classifying them as near threatened. Taken by a selection of photographers, here are some photos featuring these magnificently mustached bird.

(thanks Cora)

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