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Elegant tern photo

Elegant Tern at San Pedro center before release. (Jay Holcomb/IBRRC)

Common name:

Elegant Tern

Latin name:

Sterna elegans

Family:

Laridae

Length:

17"

Wing span:

34"

Weight:

Habitat:

Coastal areas

Notes:

Elegant Terns breed on islands in the Gulf of California along the west coast of Baja California, and near San Diego, California. They commonly move north to the central California coast from midsummer through fall. Sometimes fiound as far notth as Washington. This species winters along the coast of western South America, from Peru to Chile.

Link:

San Diego Zoo's Bird Atlas: Terns

 

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Source: The Sibley Guide to Birds, Knopf © 2000-2003  

 

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