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SOOTY TERN (Sterna fuscata)
Biodiversity > Birds > Seabirds

Sooty tern

The most widespread and abundant seabird breeding at Lord Howe Island, with many tens of thousands breeding in spring and summer each year. Since removal of feral and domestic cats in the 1980's this species is spreading to breed in more locations around the island each year.

Like most seabirds, Sooty terns lay just one egg, usually in September or October. Incubation is 28 days and the chicks fledge after 70 days.

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