Arctic Tern

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Arctic Tern

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Character Data
Japanese Name: キョクアジサシ
Romanised Name: Kyokuajisashi
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Sterna paradisaea
Distribution: Subarctic regions
Diet: Piscivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 3 to 4 years
Read More: Arctic tern
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Arctic Tern Nexon Game

“Me like traveling to the point that in one year I made a round trip to the north and the south. There was a time in one year Me travel for around 32,000km. Even as we speak, I'm itching to have a trip.”
Arctic Tern's introduction

Arctic Tern is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.


Arctic Tern has short, white-colored hair that fades to black on her sides and to gray on the ends. As is the case with most other bird Friends, she has a red-colored front bang to represent her beak. A pair of long, slender wings extend from the sides of her head, slightly fading to light gray on the edges. She wears a black, slightly tilted beret and has navy blue eyes. Her rectrices are colored gray and fades to white near the edges.

She wears an unbuttoned feathered suit with a white-to-gray coloration. Her cuffs are white, while the two buttons on her suit are colored scarlet red. Under the suit is a white shirt which she sports along with a vermillion-colored tie. She wears a black gathered shirt, vermillion leggings, and coral-colored mary-janes. She also has a gray scarf wrapped around her neck.

Series Appearances

Appearances In Kemono Friends Media
Media Role

In Real Life

An Arctic tern.

The Arctic tern is a medium seabird belonging to the family Laridae, along will gulls and skimmers. A highly migratory species, an Arctic tern has an approximate average annual round trip length of 70,900 km (44,100 mi) - 90,000 km (56,000 mi), flying from the northern Arctic to Antarctica, winning the prize for the longest known migration in the animal kingdom.

The Arctic tern can be found in coastal regions in cooler temperature parts of North America and Eurasia during the northern summer. During the southern summer, it can be found at the sea, reaching the northern edge of the Antarctic ice.

Their plumage is generally a monochrome palette of grey, white, and black, creating a strong and definitive contrast against their bright red/orange beaks. They're also very protective parents, and have an extraordinary defense system which involves signaling via calls and dive bombing anything they perceive as a threat.

Most of the Arctic tern's diet depends on its current location, but is almost always composed of fish such as cod, capelin, herring, and sandlances, or marine crustaceans like crabs and krill.


  • The Arctic tern has the longest migration of any animal by distance.
  • The Genus name "Sterna" is derived from Old English "stearn" meaning "tern". The specific paradisaea is from Late Latin "paradisus" meaning "paradise". The Scots names "picktarnie", "tarrock" and their many variants are also believed to be onomatopoeia from the distinctive call.


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