April 28, 2017 – White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata)

1,200th Bird

These terns are found on the coasts of New Zealand and Australia. Their diet is primarily made up of small or larval fish found at sea, in lagoons, or in rivers. They spend much of their time along the shore in large flocks of hundreds or thousands of birds. Breeding in large colonies, often alongside other species, on islets, cliffs, reefs, beaches, or other areas near water, they lay their eggs in shallow depressions in the ground. Pairs sometimes reuse nesting sites for multiple seasons, but more often choose different sites each year. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.


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