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    Forster's Tern

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    Forster's Tern

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

    One of several medium-sized terns that are similar in appearance, the Forster's Tern breeds primarily in marshes and winters along the coasts. The comma-shaped black ear patch in winter plumage is distinctive, but some other plumages are very confusing.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán de Forster (Spanish)
    • Sterne de Forster (French)
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