Gull-billed Tern

Other Names: none

Distribution : marshes and coasts of the Americas, north to Long Island and south to Argentina.

Description:

Size: 35-42 cm in length with a 76-86 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Pale overall with a white back and wings, black cap, and black bill; the tail is only lightly forked. Lacks the black cap in winter plumage. The eyes and legs are black.

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Gull-billed Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
arizona
atlanticcoast
california
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
hawaii
illinois
indiana
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
mississippi
new brunswick
new foundland
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
nova scotia
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
tennessee
texas
virginia
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
hopping
Behavior
bounding
Markings
bold
cross
crown
tailstripes
Sounds
staccato
Location
high perching
north in summer
north in winter
Habitat
coasts
Forests
Grasslands
Color
black
blackandwhite
gray
yellow
white
Body Shape
gull
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species