Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Laridae
Scientific name Sterna hirundo Common name Common Tern
Population name hirundo, Bermuda to Caribbean (bre)
Breeding range Scattered colonies Bermuda, Netherlands Antilles and Islets off Venezuela Non-breeding range
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Neotropics
Notes In WPE2 this population belonged to one single population (S.h. hirundo, North America (breeding)).

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
No conservation frameworks

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 0 0 870 1,470 [R101]
WPE 4 0 0 720 720 [S2588] [R489]
WPE 5 2006 2007 900 2,500 [S7369] [R1021]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 3 0 0 Unknown
WPE 4 0 0 Unknown
WPE 5 0 0 Unknown No idea

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 3 2002 10
WPE 4 2006 7
WPE 5 2012 15


  • R101 - Buckley, P.A. and Buckley, F.G. 2000. Breeding Common Terns in the Greater West Indies: status and conservation priorities. In: Schreiber, E.A. and Lee, D.S. (eds) Status and Conservation of West Indian seabirds. Soc. Caribbean Ornith. Spec. Pub. No.1.: 96
  • R489 - Nisbet, I.C.T. 2002.? Common Tern Sterna hirundo.? No. 618 in The Birds of North America.? Philadelphia, PA: The Birds of North America, Inc
  • R1021 - Birdlife International. 2008a. Caribbean Waterbird Reports. Downloaded from: http://www.birdlife.org/action/science/species/waterbirds/downloads.html


  • S2588 - 495 estimates 240 pairs in five island groups, based in part on 1956-1972 data. 496: Colony on Bermuda destroyed by a hurricane in 2003; formerly 20 pairs, now only 12 birds, probably all females.
  • S7369 - Data from BirdLife International 2008a.

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