Common Tern

Scientific Name: Sterna hirundo
Common Name: Common Tern

Identifying Features: grey wings, pale grey underparts, reddish-orange legs and bill, black cap, tip of beak is black

Fun Facts:

  • Most populations of the common tern are strongly migratory.
  • In the early part of the breeding season, for no known reason, most or all of the terns will fly in silence low and fast out to sea. This phenomenon is called a “dread”.


This image was clicked by Edward Humphreys – via Flickr.

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