In a world chock-full of beautiful birds,

Inca Terns have to be some of the most stunning,

and unique.

Their looks are matched by their winsome personalities.

Inca Terns are the only member of their genus, Larosterna.

They are restricted to areas enriched by The Humboldt Current, off the coasts of Peru and Chile.

They are a near threatened species.

Cheers to you from the always wonderful to find, Inca Terns~

203 thoughts on “Incas~

  1. Thank you Cindy for sharing this information and wonderful pictures.
    They are indeed stunning terns and the ones we have by the coast are lovely and swift
    but lack totally the colours of the Inca terns.


  2. A truly stunning bird.. A Puffins very distant cousin.
    Really beautiful shots, Cindy!
    Almost everything beautiful on this planet seems to be approaching endangered.
    It’s people like you, and National Geographic that remind us… do not forget nor forsake! xx

  3. You capture such beautiful birds with your lens every time and one can see every intricate detail. They are real treasures and are so unique and picturesque, I love all the bird posts you do. Keep up the good work, Cindy. Always so enjoyable to look at.

  4. What striking markings these birdies have! Love the cheery yellow and red. Thank you for getting my Friday off to a happy start!

  5. I believe this is the second species you’ve highlighted whose range is restricted to the Humboldt Current? If I’m not mistake, I believe that current carries cold waters from near Antarctica up to the coasts of South America? I hope that the melting of Antarctica doesn’t impact the current too much…

    1. It brings nutrient rich waters along the coast of South America, you are correct. I imagine arctic melting is negatively influencing everything as we speak.

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