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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Forster's Tern

Sterna forsteri



First Noted by Expedition
August 7, 1806, just above the mouth of the Yellowstone River, North Dakota.
 

Description
White with pale gray back and wings, black cap, and deeply forked tail. Bill orange with black tip.
 

Voice
Harsh nasal beep.
 

Habitat
Freshwater marshes in West; salt marshes in East.
 

Range
Breeds along Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Texas and in interior from Alberta and California east to Great Lakes. Winters along coasts from California and Virginia southward.
 

Note
One of the few exclusively North American terns, Forster's is so similar to the common tern that it was not recognized as a distinct species until 1831.

Species information from enature.com
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