Population information

Order name Charadriiformes
Family name Laridae
Scientific name Sterna forsteri Common name Forster's Tern
Population name Pacific North America (bre)
Breeding range Pacific Coast, California-Baja California, Mexico Non-breeding range California S to Guatemala
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 24,400 24,400 [R442]
WPE 4 0 0 24,400 24,400 [R442]
WPE 5 0 0 24,400 24,400 [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 240
WPE 4 2006 240
WPE 5 2012 240


  • 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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