|B L||W W||W||Family||Latin Name|
|20" 50.8cm||41" 104.1cm||1 lb. 453.5g||Laridae||Thalasseus maximus|
The Royal Tern has similarities to the Caspian and Elegant Terns. Only the Royal and the Elegant Terns have crested heads, and the Royal has the largest bill between the two. This large tern is seen along the Atlantic coast, westward across the US states to the coastlines of Texas. It is also seen on both coastlines in Mexico and on the Caribbean islands, as well as along the coastlines of the California Baja. It has been seen as a migrant in Cuba.