The Sandwich Tern is a medium-sized tern found year round in the Port Aransas area.

About the Sandwich Tern

The Sandwich Tern can be recognized by the yellow-tipped black bill, grey upperparts, white underparts and shaggy black crest, which becomes less extensive in winter, with a white crown. It nests in ground scrap and lays one to three eggs.

The Sandwich Tern feeds by plunge diving for fish, usually in marine environments, and the offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display.

Sandwich Tern