Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern


Name
Sandwich Tern
Latin Name
Sterna sandvicensis
Family
Rynchopidae
Habitat
Coastal, occurs in small groups, feeds just offshore and rests on beaches.
Bird Call
A strident rasping 'kirrik-kirrik'.
Adult Description
Much larger than Common Tern, its back paler than other similar-sized Terns. Differs from Gullbilled Tern in a much slimmer appearance and long thin bill, black with a yellow tip.
Status
Common summer visitor.
Distribution
Western and eastern Atlantic migrating south. Found around our coasts, as far north as Mozambique.



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