Sternula is a genus of small white terns. It is often subsumed into the larger genus Sterna, although the most recent changes to the AOU checklist considers it a separate genus.[1] The genus name is a diminutive of Sterna, "tern".[2] Listed alphabetically.[3]

Little tern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Subfamily: Sterninae
Genus: Sternula
F. Boie, 1822

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Saunders's and least terns were both formerly considered to be subspecies of little tern.


  1. Banks et al. 2007. Forty-eighth supplement to the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist of North American Birds. The Auk 124(1): 1109-1115.
  2. Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 365. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  3. Shorebirds & allies, IOC World Bird List, ver.3.2.
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