Large-billed tern

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Large-billed tern
at Cuiaba river, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Phaetusa
Wagler, 1832
P. simplex
Binomial name
Phaetusa simplex
(Gmelin, 1789)
Phaetusa simplex map.svg

The large-billed tern (Phaetusa simplex) is a species of tern in the family Laridae. It belongs to the monotypic genus Phaetusa.

It is found in most of South America (east of the Andes and north of the Pampas). It has occurred as a vagrant in Aruba, Bermuda, Cuba, Panama and the United States.

Its natural habitats are rivers and freshwater lakes.

These birds are rarely found in the UK or in Canada, however, they do appear to enjoy flying individually.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Phaetusa simplex". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22694791A93468502. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22694791A93468502.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.