October 30, 2016 – White-winged Tern or White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)

These terns are found from central and southeast Europe to central Asia and New Zealand, wintering in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia. They spend the breeding season in freshwater marshes, traveling to rocky coasts, rivers, rice fields, lagoons, and farmland in the winter. Their diet is made up mostly of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, along with occasional small fish or amphibians, which they pick from the water’s surface. They breed in small colonies of around 20 to 40 pairs, building shallow cup-shaped nests on floating vegetation.


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