Inca Tern

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DSC_0032xThe Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna. This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on the both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet. The Inca Tern is a large tern, aproximately 40 cm long. Sexes are similar; the adult is mostly slate-grey with white restricted to the facial plumes and the trailing edges of the wings. The large bill and legs are dark red. Immature birds are purple-brown, and gradually develop the facial plumes.

Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Near Threatened

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Here are a few fun facts:

  • The Inca tern feeds primarily on small fish, such as anchovies. The species spots its prey from the air, diving into the water to grab meals with its pointed beak.
  • Its call is a cat-like mew!
  • They make a high-pitched laughing or cackling often in conjunction with bowing or other displays.

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April 1 st – October 31 st:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

November 1 st – March 31 st:
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Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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Children 3 to 11 $5.00

Seniors 65+ $6.00

Children 2 years and under — FREE

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Charles Paddock Zoo is located at 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

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