- Caspian Tern
- Latin Name
- Hydroprogne caspia
- 52 cm
- In pairs or small parties at coastal lagoons and large inland waters.
- Bird Call
- A loud and raucous 'krake-kraaah' or 'kraark'.
- Breeding time at the Cape is December and January, the nest being a scrape on the ground, lined with scraps and containing two rough-textured greenish eggs marked with a few dark purple splotches.
- Immature Description
- Immature birds distinguishable from non-breeding condition by brownish mottling on back.
- Adult Description
- Largest tern in our region. Massive red bill and overall size render this tern unmistakable.
- Common resident.
- Resident along the coast and breeds in summer on some of the guano islands, at Reniers Kraal, Bredasdorp and at Strandfontein.