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Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Description:

It is the world's largest tern with a length of 48–60 cm (19–24 in), a wingspan of 127–145 cm (50–57 in) and a weight of 530–782 g (18.7–27.6 oz). Adult birds have black legs, and a long thick red-orange bill with a small black tip. They have a white head with a black cap and white neck, belly and tail. The upper wings and back are pale grey; the underwings are pale with dark primary feathers. In flight, the tail is less forked than other terns and wing tips black on the underside. In winter, the black cap is still present (unlike many other terns), but with some white streaking on the forehead. The call is a loud heron-like croak.

Habitat:

Small man made lake. Veteran's Memorial Park, Lake Metroparks System, Mentor, OH, Lake County, USA

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Phil_S
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Phil_S

Mentor, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Apr 19, 2014
Submitted on Apr 22, 2014

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