Sterna forsteri, commonly known as the Forster's Tern, is a medium-sized seabird with a white forehead, black cap, and gray wings. It has a long, forked tail and a black bill. It is found in coastal areas of North America, breeding in freshwater marshes and lakes. Its lifespan is up to 15 years, and its current population is estimated to be around 1.2 million individuals.
Name Origin: Sterna forsteri, commonly known as the Forster's Tern, is named after the German naturalist Johann Reinhold Forster. Forster was an 18th century explorer and scientist who accompanied Captain James Cook on his second voyage around the world. He was the first to describe the species in 1788, and the name was later given to the bird in his honor.
Related Species: Sterna hirundo, Sterna paradisaea, Sterna dougallii, Sterna bergii, Sterna albifrons