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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Laridae — certain terns.


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  • The Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodius) and Least Terns (Sterna antillarum) are nesting, and the terns, in particular, were rowdy, trying to drive us away from nests we weren't approaching.

    "The morning light shows water in the valley." greygirlbeast 2009

  • Other colonial birds are the Neotropic cormorant Phalacrocorax olivaceus, black-necked cormorant Phalacrocorax magellanicus, great egret Casmerodius albus, black-crowned night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax and common tern Sterna hirundo.

    Península Valdés, Argentina 2008

  • Egg collecting is not as widespread as bird hunting, and has usually involved ground nesting species such as common eiders, Arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea), and gulls, which is technically illegal, as well as little auks (Alle alle).

    Management and conservation of marine mammals and seabirds in the Arctic 2009

  • They also collect the eggs of birds not hunted for food, such as the Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea).

    Indigenous peoples, animals, and climate in the Arctic 2009

  • There are also nests of species of the terns, Sterna fuscata, Anous stolidus and Procelsterna cerulea as well as a small population of the cernícalo, Falco sparverius fernandensis, the only land bird of the archipelago.

    San Félix-San Ambrosio Islands temperate forests 2007

  • The endangered interior least tern, Sterna antillarum, is a now a rare summer resident.

    Ecoregions of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (EPA) 2009

  • Seabirds nesting at Dry Tortugas National Park in the Gulf include sooty terns Sterna fuscata, noddy tern Anous stolidus, roseate tern and frigate birds.

    Everglades National Park, United States 2009

  • At least three species of terns probably nest on this island, namely Sterna fuscata, Anous stolidus and Procelsterna cerulea.

    San Félix-San Ambrosio Islands temperate forests 2007

  • Because of the length of coastline associated with this ecoregion, the area also supports a great variety of seabirds like murre (Uria spp.), eider (Somateria spp.), tern (Sterna spp.), and puffin (Fratercula spp.).

    Eastern Canadian forests 2008

  • The sooty, or "wideawake", tern (Sterna fuscata) continues to breed on the island, with large numbers using an area called the "fairs" on the southwest coast on a ten-month breeding cycle.

    Ascension scrub and grasslands 2008


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