Multiple entry picture. The Forster's Tern is the bird in the front, slightly left of center.
Lower right hand corner, with a Royal Tern and Brown Pelican to the left.
Sterna is a genus of terns in the bird family Sternidae. It used to encompass most "white" terns indiscriminately, but mtDNA sequence comparisons have recently determined that this arrangement is paraphyletic (Bridge et al., 2005). It is now restricted to the typical large white terns occurring near-globally in coastal regions.