With their majestic facial features and a bonafide mustache, Inca Tern birds get their name from the ancient Inca Empire that once ruled over their habitat and are found along the Pacific coast of Peru and Chile.
We have seen different birds with different features. Glowing feathers, unique feet, but this is the first time that we are seeing a bird with a bonafide mustache.
If given a perfect reference, then this bird is commonly compared to Salvador Dali in terms of an iconic mustache. These seabirds are commonly found near the Pacific coast of Peru and Chile, where they nest in the coastal cliffs and small islands dotting the shore.
These beautiful majestic birds got their unique name from the ancient Inca Empire that once ruled over their habitat.
Apart from their very unique facial features, these birds also sport bright red beaks and feet and have yellow wattles.
The male and female both look the same and it is believed that the length of the mustache is the sign of health when choosing a mate.
Typically the paid stay together during the whole breeding season but it is not necessary that they return to the same mate year after year.
Unfortunately, these birds are listed as near threatened species. They eat anchovies and other small fish, competing with human fisheries for food, and their island nesting sites are often destroyed by the guano trade.
Hopefully, they will be saved from becoming an endangered species.
Another remarkable and distinguishable feature of these beautiful birds is their call. It's described as a "mew" similar to a kitten, though a loud one. Listen to the clip and tell us what do you think of the sound?