Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Laridae
Scientific name Sterna forsteri Common name Forster's Tern
Population name Atlantic North America (bre)
Breeding range Atlantic and Gulf coasts New England to Tamaulipas, Mexico Non-breeding range Virginia S along Atlantic coast and E across Caribbean Basin
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Neotropics North America
Notes In WPE2 this population belonged to one single population (Cent & S North Am/Cent America).

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 86,600 86,600 [R442]
WPE 4 0 0 86,600 86,600 [R442]
WPE 5 0 0 86,600 86,600 [R442]

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 870
WPE 4 2006 870
WPE 5 2012 870


  • R442 - McNicholl, M.K., Lowther, P.E. and Hall, J.A. 2001. Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri). In: The birds of North America, No 595. (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA and The American Ornithologists' Union, Washington D.


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Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on