Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii dougallii)

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Listing Status:    and  

General Information

The roseate tern is about 40 centimeters in length, with light-gray wings and back. Its first three or four primaries are black and so is its cap. The rest of the body is white, with a rosy tinge on the chest and belly during the breeding season. The tail is deeply forked, and the outermost streamers extend beyond the folded wings when perched. During the breeding season the basal three-fourths of the otherwise entirely black bill and legs turn orange-red.

Population detail

The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the Roseate tern 

  • Population location: U.S.A. (Atlantic Coast south to NC), Canada (Newf., N.S, Que.), Bermuda

    Listing status:  Endangered

    • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  Connecticut , Maine , Massachusetts , New Hampshire , New Jersey , New York , North Carolina , Rhode Island , Virginia
    • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:  Elizabeth Alexandra Morton National Wildlife Refuge, John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge  ... Show All Refuges
    • Countries in which the this population is known to occur:  Canada
  • Population location: Western Hemisphere and adjacent oceans, incl. U.S.A. (FL, PR, VI), where not listed as endangered

    Listing status:  Threatened

    • States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida , Puerto Rico , Virgin Islands
    • US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
    • USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:  Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, Key West National Wildlife Refuge, Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
    • Countries in which the this population is known to occur:  Bermuda
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
11/02/1987 Northeast Region (Region 5) U.S.A. (Atlantic Coast south to NC), Canada (Newf., N.S, Que.), Bermuda
11/02/1987 Southeast Region (Region 4) Western Hemisphere and adjacent oceans, incl. U.S.A. (FL, PR, VI), where not listed as endangered

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
12/16/2008 73 FR 76373 76375 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 7 Listed Species: Notice of review; request for information
04/05/2010 75 FR 17153 17154 5-Year Status Review of Roseate Tern; request for information; clarification
12/30/1982 47 FR 58454 58460 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species
11/02/1987 52 FR 42064 42068 Determination of Endangered and Threatened Status for 2 Populations of Roseate Tern; 52 FR 42064-42068
11/04/1986 51 FR 40047 40051 Proposed Endangered and Threatened Status for 2 Populations of Roseate Tern; 51 FR 40047-40051

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/24/1993 Recovery Plan Caribbean Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) View Implementation Progress Final
11/05/1998 Roseate Tern (NE U.S/Canada) View Implementation Progress Final Revision 1
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
12/16/2008 73 FR 76373 76375 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 7 Listed Species: Notice of review; request for information
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
04/05/2010 75 FR 17153 17154 5-Year Status Review of Roseate Tern; request for information; clarification
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
09/30/2010 Roseate tern 5-yr review_2010

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Roseate tern.

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
WindMar RE Project

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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