Muuuh Wildlife Photography

Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia

Large bird and elegant flyer. Rare visitor around Montreal which can be easily mistaken for a Common Tern if someone is not familiar with the size difference of these two species.

Common Names

  • Caspian Tern (en)
  • Pagaza piquirroja (es)
  • Sterne caspienne (fr)
  • Raubseeschwalbe (de)


  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Hydroprogne caspia

Where & When to Spot

I was able to spot this species only once in Rapids Park Lachine.

How to Identify

Different to the Common Tern, the beak of the Caspian Tern hasn't a black tip and is uniformly colored red. This bird is larger in size and flight is less erratic and slower while sailing over the water searching for prey.


Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2018-08-11

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f5.6; Iso 110;

For high quality, free available photos visit our profile on Unsplash.