How to identify

The Sandwich Tern is mostly white, with a black cap on its head, a black bill with a yellow tip and short black legs. In flight, it shows grey wedges on its wing tips and it has a forked tail. In the UK, many of the important groups survive because they're on nature reserves.


Sandwich Tern

David Farrow / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
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  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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