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Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Sternula
Species: antillarum


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This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida

By martino2000
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Member Notes:

Positive olddude On Aug 7, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL
(Zone 11) wrote:

It is a small tern, 2224 cm long, with a wingspan of 50 cm, and weighing 3952 g. The upper parts are a fairly uniform pale gray, and the underparts white. The head is white, with a black cap and line through the eye to the base of the bill, and a small white forehead patch above the bill; in winter, the white forehead is more extensive, with a smaller and less sharply defined black cap. The bill is yellow with a small black tip in summer, all blackish in winter. The legs are yellowish. The wings are mostly pale gray, but with conspicuous black markings on their outermost primaries. In behavior, it flies over water with fast, jerky wingbeats and a distinctive hunchback appearance, with the bill pointing slightly downward.

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