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Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
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Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern, summer adult

General Description: Forster's Terns (Sterna forsteri) are small, light colored terns with forked tails and an orange bill with a black tip. The forked tail has white outer edges.

As with most other terns, this species has differing winter and summer plumage. In breeding plumage, Forster's Terns have a black cap that extends from the top of the bill to the back of the head. During winter, they loose most of the black cap and have only a large black ear patch.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Laridae, Sterninae.

Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern, winter adult

Favored Habitat: Inland marshes in the northern US and Canada during summer; coastal US and Mexico during winter.

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for Forster's Terns during migration around marshes and bodies of water such as Lake Mead, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and the Pahranagat Valley.

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Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) If you were a tasty little fish, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Forster's Tern hovering over a pond
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern dove into a pond after a fish, but it missed
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern in flight; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern in flight; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern in flight; Summerlake WMA, Oregon
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern in flight; Dunedin, Florida
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Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
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Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern taking a vigorous bath; Dunedin, Florida
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Parrotee Pond, Jamaica
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Parrotee Pond, Jamaica
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Forster's Tern, Everglades, Florida
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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