Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia
Caspian Tern specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Casual in migration. Occuring from April to June and August to October; more frequent in autumn than in spring.Found along ocean bays and estuaries and adjacent beaches. The top of the head is solid black in adult birds in the spring, streaked with white in autumn. Immature birds have brownish spots or mottlings on the grayish back.

Specimen Information

The bird on the left is a male in breeding plumage.
Date: 10/4/1896
Collected By: Capt Walter Fisher
Locality:  Four Mile Run, VA
Sex: Male
Catalog ID: 153317
 
The bird on the right is a juvenile; this may be the record for this specimen.
Date: 10/4/1896
Collected By: Capt Walter Fisher
Locality:  Four Mile Run, VA
Sex: Female
Catalog ID: 153318