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Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: LARIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

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.

Calls

  • Calls
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Calls a short "kip" and a harsh "kee-errr."

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