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    Elegant Tern

    Thalasseus elegans
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Laridae
    Basic Description

    A medium-sized tern with a shaggy crest and a long, slightly drooping orange bill, the Elegant Tern is seen along the Pacific Coast. After nesting in very southern California and Mexico, it wanders northward to northern California, or even to British Columbia.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán Elegante (Spanish)
    • Sterne élégante (French)
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