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sandwich tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis


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.


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


•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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SusanEllison 7 years ago

thanks Marta

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!

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Texas City, Texas, USA

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


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