Natural History: The Elegant Tern's diet primarily consists of small fish, which it dives for from above the water after hovering. It will occasionally scavenge for food. It is found near saltwater areas, where it hunts. This bird nests in shallow depressions in sandy substrate, typically within 60 feet of water.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species is found along the coast, particularly off Crissy Field.
Frequency: This bird is common in the summer and fall.
Identifying Characteristics: This moderate-size tern has a long, orange beak, a short black crest.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Army maintained a post at the Presidio for nearly 150 years. The Presidio's garrison included troops from all major combat arms: infantry, cavalry, and artillery.