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Common Tern

Sterne pierregarin

Sterna hirundo

  • Description Description Icon
    Terns resemble small gulls but unlike gulls have a long pointed wings (which give them a fast, buoyant flight), a deeply forked tail, slender legs, and webbed feet. This species is grey above and white below, and have a black cap which is reduced or flecked with white in the non-breeding season.
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  • Interesting Fact Interesting Fact Icon
    The Latin name for tern "hirundo" means swallow because its flight is similar to that of a swallow.