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    Arctic Tern

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    Arctic Tern

    Sterna paradisaea
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Laridae
    Basic Description

    A small, slender white bird, the Arctic Tern is well known for its long yearly migration. Its travel from its Arctic breeding grounds to its wintering grounds off of Antarctica may cover perhaps 40,000 km (25,000 mi), and is the farthest yearly journey of any bird.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán Ártico (Spanish)
    • Sterne arctique (French)
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