TarapiroheBlack-fronted tern

Conservation status
In serious trouble

A slate-grey bird that wears a black cap with a bright orange bill, the black-fronted tern is found nesting on Canterbury's braided rivers. When they're not breeding, you can see them in coastal areas across New Zealand. But always look around you, they are territorial and love to dive-bomb intruders.

Black -fronted tern standing on a rock shore

Photo credit - Glenda Rees