Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Charadriiformes > Family: Sternidae > Genus: Sterna > Species: Sterna bengalensis

Lesser Crested Tern - Sterna bengalensis Lesson, 1831

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
Protected by 2 international agreements
Natura 2000 species code A602


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.


Least Concern


Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
IT4060002 Italy Valli di Comacchio Map
UKGIB0002 United Kingdom Southern Waters of Gibraltar Map

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Bengaalse Stern Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Bengáli csér Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Charrán Bengalí Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Garajau-bengalense Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Iltärna Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Lesser Crested Tern English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Pikkutöyhtötiira Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rüppellseeschwalbe German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rybák bengálský Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rybitwa bengalska Polish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Sterna di Rüppell Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Sterne voyageuse French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Synonym Author
Thalasseus bengalensis (Lesson, 1831)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:06090 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (invalid) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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