New Zealand's rarest bird. Nesting on shell-covered sand near the sea, fairy terns are often vulnerable to extreme weather events and predation. However, their eggs have speckled to blend in with the sand, and, when parents call an alarm, the chicks standstill, blending into the background. Terns are also able to drink sea water.
Fairy Tern Charitable Trust
The Fairy Tern Charitable Trust is a dedicated organisation founded with the aim of ensuring the survival of this endearing little seabird for future generations of New Zealanders and to preserve part of New Zealand's biodiversity.