Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Common Tern, Sterna hirundo

A graceful, black and white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. The bird’s flexible, deeply forked tail and its agility in flight have earned it the nickname “sea swallow.”

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao