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Least Tern

Sterna antillarum athalassos

Subspecies of Tern

Endangered

First Noted by Expedition
August 5, 1804, along the Missouri River, with Washington County, Nebraska, on the west and Harrison County, Iowa, on the east.
 

Description
A very small tern with a black-tipped yellow bill and a fast, shallow wing beat. White with black cap, pale gray back and wings, and forked tail; white forehead. Length: 8-10 in (20-25 cm).
 

Voice
Sharp killick or kip-kip-kip-kiddeek.
 

Habitat
Sandy and pebbly beaches along the coast; sandbars in large rivers. Often on landfill.
 

Range
Breeds along California coast, along rivers in Mississippi Valley, and coastally from Maine south to Florida. Winters from Baja California south to southern Mexico; also along coasts of South America.
 

Endangered Status
The least tern is on the U.S. Endangered Species List.
 

Note
Species information from enature.com
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