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Arctic Tern

Sterne arctique

Sterna paradisaea


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Arctic Tern

B L W W W Family Latin Name
12" 30.5cm 31" 78.7cm 4oz. 113.4g Laridae Sterna paradisaea

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Arctic Tern

Distribution: The Arctic Tern has long wings and tail feathers and noticeably short legs. This tern has the longest migration route in the world. Flying from Antarctica to the arctic every spring and returning to Antartica every fall. It can be seen in the spring and summer months from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador coastlines as well as northern Quebec. It is also seen along the shores of the Hudson Bay, throughout all the northern territories, all of Alaska and on the arctic islands.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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