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Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata) in flight, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica Featured Antarctic Tern Print

Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata) in flight, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

The Antarctic Tern is a small bird at 31-38 cm (12-15 inches) long. Its bill is usually a dark red or blackish. It is mainly pale grey and white, but has a black cap when breeding. In non-breeding plumage it has a grizzled crown and white forehead. The tips of this terns wings are greyish black. Terns are quite gregarious in nature, fishing in flocks of up to several hundred birds within sight of land just beyond the surf zone and often within the kelp bed zone. They feed by swooping down and making shallow dives into the water to snatch prey. Principal diet includes small fish and various crustacea, krill probably being the most important and abundant. Antarctic terns also scavenge in the intertidal zone for stranded organisms

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Arctic TERN - Greeting ceremony. Pair at nest, courtship feeding Featured Antarctic Tern Print

Arctic TERN - Greeting ceremony. Pair at nest, courtship feeding

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Arctic TERN - Greeting ceremony. Pair at nest, courtship feeding
Sterna paradisaea
A long distance migrant that makes an annual round trip from its Arctic or northern breeding range to the Antarctic, where it spends winter. The breeding range extends through Iceland, Greenland, the Scandinavian and Baltic coasts, reaching into Siberia. Populations also occur in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Duncan Usher
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