Meet Our Animals > Inca Tern
Quick Facts
Native to Chile, Ecuador, and Peru
Primary Diet Fish, crustaceans
Adult Weight 6 to 8 ounces
Lifespan 18 years
Status Near Threatened

Inca Tern

Inca terns are known for their prominent white mustaches, which are found on male and female birds. They’re located only near the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, where the birds feed on small fish. Inca terns feed by plunge diving and surface dipping.


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Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary

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