Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) in Dana Point, California. January 2019. Not baited. Not called in.

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) in Dana Point, California. January 2019. Not baited. Not called in.

The main criteria to help you distinguish the Royal Tern from the Elegant Tern is that Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) has a thicker and more robust beak than the Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans).

Terns are pretty amazing to watch in flight, their aerodynamic, their speed and their agility are really impressive.

Love Nature.
Jonathan