Chinese Crested Tern

Chinese Crested Tern

Dan Roby, Don Lyons, Yasuko Suzuki, Kirsten Bixler

Latin Name: Thalasseus bernsteini

The Chinese Crested Tern is a critically endangered species and one of the rarest seabirds in the world; less than 100 individuals are thought to survive. The species is known as "The Mythical Bird" in China because it was thought to be extinct for 63 years before it was rediscovered in 2000. Drs. Dan Roby, Don Lyons, Yasuko Suzuki, and Kirsten Bixler have provided technical assistance to Chinese seabird biologists for the last 8 years in the effort to prevent the species from going extinct.