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Common Tern

(Sterna hirundo)
Size: 31-35 cm; wing span 77-98 cm
Weight: 110-140 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Tern at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "hirundo"

ADULT

BREEDING

Common Tern (left), together with several Lesser Crested Terns
[Quriyyat, May 2010]

Race "longipennis"

Common Terns, race "longipennis", were photographed by us in Australia.

Food, Diet

Like all terns, Common Terns feed on fish, which they catch with their bills just under the surface of water in a steep high-speed dive from considerable height.

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