Physical Characteristics Natural History Distribution In Nova Scotia Status

Roseate Terns occur in different parts of the world from Europe to South Africa and Australia.

In North America, two breeding populations exist: a Caribbean population and a northeastern population. The northeastern population extends north from New York and Maine to Nova Scotia and the Magdalen Islands (Quebec).

Location of wintering grounds are mostly unknown with the exception of some birds recorded in Bahia, Brazil (Hays et al. 1999*).

Black squares represent breeding sites and grey squares historic records or sites believed to be used by Roseate Terns.
Shaded ares represent wintering range for temperate populations. (N. Ratcliffe and I. Nisbet in COSEWIC 2009*)
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