Similar in size to a common tern but very white-looking, with long tail-streamers, a black cap and a black beak with a reddish base. In summer adults have a pinkish tinge to their underparts which gives them their name. It is one of our rarest seabirds and whose severe, long-lasting and well documented decline make it a Red List species. It is also listed under Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act.
What they eat:
- UK breeding:
- 111 pairs
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.