Common Tern

I his bird spends much of its time in flight over water, normally at sea but sometimes over lakes. When feeding, it hovers and then plunge-dives, taking fish and crustaceans. It nests in colonies and migrates in flocks. WINTER

• NEST A hollow in the ground, sometimes lined.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds all round the Northern Hemisphere. Winters as far south as coastal waters of the southern continents.

Fam,l>' Laridae

Species Sterna hirundo

Plumage Sexes alike

Migration M|i,r,,m

Fam"> Laridae

Species Eterna elougallii

bill of a plunge-diver short legs, not often used for running or walking

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