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    Gull-billed Tern

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    Gull-billed Tern

    Gelochelidon nilotica
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Laridae
    Basic Description

    A medium-sized tern with broader wings and a thicker bill than most other terns, the Gull-billed Tern is found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and very southern California.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán Pico Grueso (Spanish)
    • Sterne hansel (French)
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