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Forster's Tern

Sterna forsteri


Named after the German naturalist Johann R. Forster, Forster’s tern (Sterna forsteri) is a graceful and highly maneuverable seabird with a slender body, long, pointed wings and a deeply forked tail. During the breeding season, Forster’s tern has a distinctive black cap which extends to the forehead, crown and back of the neck. The shoulders, back, wings and tail are pale grey, contrasting with the white neck and underparts. The flight feathers have pale, silvery grey-white tips, with darker tips on the outermost primaries.


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James McNair
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James McNair

Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2015
Submitted on Mar 12, 2015

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