The name fairy tern can also refer to the white tern (Gygis alba)



The fairy tern (Sternula nereis) is a small tern which is native to the southwestern Pacific. It is listed as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN and the New Zealand subspecies is "Critically Endangered".

There are three subspecies:

Australian fairy tern, Sternula nereis nereis (Gould, 1843) – breeds in Australia

New Caledonian fairy tern, Sternula nereis exsul (Mathews, 1912) – breeds in New Caledonia

New Zealand fairy tern, Sternula nereis davisae (Mathews & Iredale, 1913) – breeds in northern New Zealand
Australian Fairy Tern
Date Location Count
2020-02-19 13:58Easter Group--Wooded Island (Abrolhos Islands)2
2020-02-16 08:00Rottnest Island80
2020-02-17 09:16Ocean Reef Boat Harbour1
2020-02-23 10:17Woodman Point Regional Park--headland groyne only1
2020-02-14 07:45Point Walter Reserve--Sandbar only20
2020-02-24 07:23Point Walter Reserve6
2020-02-24 09:20Woodman Point Regional Park--Headland only10
2020-02-23 09:32Woodman Point Regional Park6
2020-02-02 16:15Lake Richmond2
2020-02-23 08:30Pelican Point23
2020-02-21 09:30Alfred Cove Nature Reserve4
2020-02-21 15:49Point Dundas1
2020-02-15 15:53Port Kennedy Beach10
2020-02-21 06:40Canning River Regional Park8
2020-02-24 09:28Creery Wetlands Nature Reserve3
2020-02-21 13:41Nairns (Coodanup)6
2020-02-10 10:59Point Douro1
2020-02-10 09:46Morley Beach (Wilson Inlet)13
2020-02-02 09:25St Kilda1
2020-02-02 08:30Coorong National Park--Goolwa Channel at -35.53529, 138.845291
2020-02-15 07:00Avalon Saltworks--Snake Island (restricted access)9
2020-02-23 09:00Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Austin Road
2020-02-11 09:00Western Treatment Plant--Western Lagoons
2020-02-21 13:43Kirk Point3
2020-02-21 14:43Western Treatment Plant--Lake Borrie14
2020-02-25 09:05Western Treatment Plant10
2020-02-20 17:32Western Treatment Plant--Bird Hide
2020-02-02 07:06Lake Victoria2
2020-02-18 11:22Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve4
2020-02-03 08:00Phillip Island5
2020-02-20 11:34Rhyll Inlet
2020-02-25 16:39Rhyll3
2020-02-08 08:10Robbins Island--Knot Point3
2020-02-08 13:15Shipwreck Point, Perkins Island12
2020-02-09 11:00Little Forester River Estuary (Bridport)2
2020-02-20 14:30Snowy River Mouth2
2020-02-10 12:48Wallaga Lake entrance20
2020-02-08 10:25South Head--Waionui Lagoon (General)1
2020-01-27 11:47Big Sand Island--North End3
2020-02-23 16:24Waipu Wildlife Refuge2
2020-02-05 18:00Waipu Cove1
2020-02-15 13:16Te Arai Point & Beach1