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SPECIES INFO

The Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) is a small tern which occurs in the southwestern Pacific.

There are three subspecies:

  • Australian Fairy Tern, Sterna nereis nereis - breeds in Australia
  • New Caledonian Fairy Tern, Sterna nereis exsul - breeds in New Caledonia
  • New Zealand Fairy Tern, Sterna nereis davisae - breeds in northern New Zealand

Formerly classified as a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN, recent research shows that its numbers are decreasing rapidly throughout its range; the New Zealand subspecies is on the brink of extinction since decades. The Fairy Tern is consequently uplisted to Vulnerable status in 2008.





                                     



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