Lesser Crested Tern
Lesser Crested Tern (Juvenile)
Lesser Crested Tern (Nesting colony)
Lesser Crested Tern
Scientific Name 
Sterna bengalensis
Arabic Name 
الخرشنة المتوجة الصغيرة
Kuwaiti name 
92.0 cm
41.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common summer visitor and uncommon resident; breeding colonies of a few hundred exist or have existed on Bubiyan, Warba, Um Al-Maradim and Kubbar. Large numbers are seen even away from the colonies after they disperse; up to 450 at Zour Port mid August 2000.
Where in Kuwait 
A coastal and off-shore species often found in mixed flocks of feeding terns. A gregarious species that nests in large dense and noisy colonies on off-shore islands in Kuwait, often together with Swift Tern
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and breeds in subtropical coastal parts of the world. Details of this species's movements are poorly known although some breeding populations appear to be migratory. It is An elegant seabird with a fast and graceful flight
Local threats 
Marine oil spills and pollution. Continuous human disturbance during the breeding season on the off-shore islands in summer which can lead to nest desertion.