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Royal tern

Thalasseus maximus


The Royal Tern, the second-largest tern, has a red-orange bill and a black cap on the top of its head during the breeding season, but in the winter the cap becomes patchy.Juveniles have a more yellow bill. Its legs are black.


This bird is only found along ocean beaches.. The Royal Tern is found in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean islands. For those on the East coast of America, the wintering range is from North Carolina south to Panama and the Guianas, also the Caribbean islands.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Thank you, Atul.
YorkieSutaryo: I sat and watched this flock of birds for an hour, hoping to see interesting behavior and was rewarded. When one got a fish, others would chase it; I have some where one is being pursued in the air by several others until it finally drops its meal!

Atul 9 years ago

lovely series!!

YorkieSutaryo 9 years ago

Great timing! hehehe

KarenL 9 years ago

Fantastic series!

cormoros75 9 years ago

Awesome photos !!!

Maria dB
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Maria dB

North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 8, 2011
Submitted on Feb 1, 2012

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