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    Royal Tern

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    Royal Tern

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

    A large, orange-billed tern, the Royal Tern is found only along ocean beaches.

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    Other Names
    • Charrán Real (Spanish)
    • Sterne royale (French)
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