Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common during migration and uncommon to locally absent during breeding season and winter along the North Carolina coast.
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Cape Hatteras, Dare Co., NC
26 Oct 2014

The dark shoulder bar (carpel bar), black wingtips, reddish-orange in bill, and significant black on the head distinguish this tern from similar Forster's and Arctic Terns.

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