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    Common Tern

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    Common Tern

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

    A graceful, black-and-white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán Común (Spanish)
    • Sterne pierregarin (French)
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