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Also known as Follow link Alternate name
Thalasseus maximus Scientific name
Charadriiformes Order
Sternidae Family
45–50 cm. (Wingspan 125–135 cm) Length
Max Altitude 100 m Breeds on coast, sand & peddle banks, Rocky offshore reefs, coastal waters, salt marshes, estuaries, Found in coastal waters & open ocean.  Range America, West Africa, Southern Portugal & Spain. see Map Habitat
 1-2 eggs, incubation 25 to 30 days, fledging 28-32 days. Clutch
Plunge dive from 30m for fish, squid & crabs. Food  
3243 - TSN: 176922 - Sub-species World Number
Least Concern Status

If you have sound recording of the Sternidae please send it to xeno-canto. 

AKA:- Afrikaans: Koningseeswael , Koningsterretjie
Catalan: Xatrac reial
Czech: Rybák královský
Welsh: Morwennol fawr
Danish: Kongeterne
German: Königseeschwalbe, Königsseeschwalbe, Königs-Seeschwalbe
English: Royal Tern, Tern
Spanish: charrán rael, Charrán Real, Gaviota golondrina real, Gaviota Real, Gaviotín Real, Golondrina-marina Real, Pagaza Real
Spanish (Argentine): Gaviotín real
Spanish (Colombia): Gaviotín Real
Spanish (Costa Rica): Pagaza real
Spanish (Cuba): Gaviota Real
Spanish (Dominican Rep.): Charrán Real, Gaviota Real
Spanish (Honduras): Gaviota golondrina real
Spanish (Mexico): charrán real, Golondrina-marina Real
Spanish (Nicaragua): Pagaza Real
Spanish (Paraguay): Gaviotín real
Spanish (Uruguay): Gaviotín real
Spanish (Venezuela): Tirra Canalera
Estonian: kuningtiir
Basque: Txenada handia, Xatrac reial
Finnish: Kuningastiira
French: Sterne royale
Guadeloupean Creole French: Foquette, Mauve
Galician: Carrán real, Xatrac reial
Guarani: Atî
Haitian Creole French: Mňv wayal
Hebrew: שחפית גדולה
Icelandic: Rosaţerna
Italian: Sterna reale
Japanese: amerikaooajisashi
Japanese: アメリカオオアジサシ
Latin: Sterna maxima, Thalasseus maximus
Lithuanian: Karaliékoji žuvėdra
Dutch: Koningsstern
Norwegian: Kongeterne
Polish: rybitwa królewska
Portuguese: andorinha-do-mar, Gaivina-real, gaivota-de-cabeça-preta, Garajau-real, Tinhosa, trinta-réis, trinta-réis-grande, Trinta-réis-real
Portuguese (Brazil): andorinha-do-mar, gaivota-de-cabeça-preta, tinhosa, trinta-réis, trinta-réis-grande, Trinta-réis-real
Russian: Королевская крачка
Slovak: Rybár král'ovský, rybár velký , rybár veľký
Slovenian: kraljeva čigra
Swedish: Kungstärna
Turkish: Kral Sumru
Chinese: 橙嘴凤头燕鸥

Royal Tern: Thalasseus maximus
Nearctic Royal Tern: Thalasseus maximus maximus
Royal Tern: Thalasseus maximus maximus
Royal Tern (African): Thalasseus maximus albididorsalis
Royal Tern (American): Thalasseus maximus maximus
West African Royal Tern: Thalasseus maximus albididorsalis



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