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    Least Tern

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    Least Tern

    Sternula antillarum
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Laridae
    Basic Description

    The smallest of American terns, the Least Tern is found nesting on sandy beaches along the southern coasts of the United States and up the major river systems far into the interior of the continent.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán Mínimo (Spanish)
    • Petite Sterne (French)
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