Family: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)
Authority: Strickland, 1852
Red List Category
A more recent comprehensive review of the species's population status estimates the global population to number up to 5,730 breeding individuals (Braby 2011). The continuing demand on Namibia’s beaches (holding 87-93% of the population) by off-road vehicles, the diamond mining and the residential development is currently impacting the population and will likely continue in the future. Based on the estimated population size of <10,000 mature individuals, which is suspected to be undergoing a continuing population decline, this species has been listed as Vulnerable.
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Sternula balaenarum. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/11/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/11/2019.