Texas Pelagics

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Roseate Tern

by | Jun 14, 2022

* Roseate Tern  Sterna dougallii

Texas Status: Accidental. Texas has two documented records, both adults. One record is from the coast 10 April 1901 in Corpus Christi.

Gulf of Mexico Status: The closest breeding colonies to Texas are found in the Florida Keys, where they are uncommon summer residents from April to August. (eBird)

Habitat: Coastal and Offshore Pelagic. 

Similar Species: Separating Roseate Terns from Forster’s Tern (S. forsteri) and Common Tern (S. hirundo) is an identification challenge that has made documenting this species difficult.

Never Seen on Texas Pelagic trip. Accidental in Texas.
* Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation to TBRC.
(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)


Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

This map shows the geographic distribution of Roseate Tern found in Offshore Texas (and Gulf of Mexico)
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