Interior Least Tern: Taxonomy

Taxonomy
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Charadriiforme
  • Family: Laridae
  • Genus: Sternula
  • Species: antillarum
  • Subspecies: athalassos

The Least Tern is divided into three subspecies:

  • Sternula antillarum brownie: The California Least Tern nests along the Pacific Coast of California
  • Sternula antillarum athalassos: The Interior Least Tern nests along river systems in the interior of the United States.
  • Sternula antillarum antillarum: The Coastal Least Tern nests along the Atlantic Coast.
Interior Least Tern incubating eggs
Interior Least Tern incubating eggs