Fairy Tern Sternula nereis

Family: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)

Authority: Gould, 1843

Red List Category

Criteria: C1

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Justification of Red List category
This species is classified as Vulnerable owing to recent declines over much of its breeding range. Predation by introduced species, disturbance and inappropriate water level management are thought to have contributed most to this decline. However, data is patchy, and a clarification of trends in its strongholds may lead to its status being revised.

Population size: 2500-9999 mature individuals

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 12,000,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - Australia
Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Sternula nereis. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 04/12/2023.