Least Tern

Sternula antillarum
Least Tern specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Uncommon migrant in this region. Arrives mid-April, leaves mid-October. Breeding colonies occur on the lower Potomac and Eastern Shore from late May to early August.

Specimen Information

The bird on the left is a juvenile female.
Date:  8/17/1878
Collected By:  Mr. Hamilton
Locality:  Washington, DC (Carp Ponds)
Sex:  Female, Juvenile
Catalog ID:  75367
The bird on the right is an adult male.
Date:  7/9/1881
Collected By:  Wm Palmer
Locality:  Cobbs Island, VA
Sex:  Male
Catalog ID:  153320