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sandwich tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis

Description:

Medium-sized tern. Long, thin black bill with pale yellow tip. Body white. Back pale gray. Elongated feathers on back of head make a slight shaggy crest. Black cap when breeding. Pale forehead in winter. Legs black.

Habitat:

Seacoasts, bays, estuaries, and mudflats, occasionally ocean far from land.

Notes:

•The two subspecies of Sandwich Tern breeding in North America and Eurasia have black bills with yellow tips. A third subspecies known at the "Cayenne Tern" is found in the southern Caribbean and the Atlantic Coast of South America. It has an all yellow bill.

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4 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Marta

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 7 years ago

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos: I am sorry...that was a Ooops...but I can't remove it for some reason, if you can help that would be nice. thanks for pointing it out.

Spectacular shots! - But could you move it off the Galapagos Biodiversity Mission? Thanks!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Pretty in flight!

SusanEllison
Spotted by
SusanEllison

Texas City, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Aug 19, 2013

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