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Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus


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Bridled Tern
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Family: Laridae, Gulls and Terns view all from this family

Description Similar to Sooty Tern, with mostly white underparts, except for contrastingly dark flight feathers, and sooty black upperparts, except for white forehead; note, however, that darkcap is separated from blackish back by white nape. Juvenile is similar, but black elements of plumage are brown.

Dimensions Length: 14-15" (36-38 cm)

Habitat Flight and habits are similar to Sooty.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida

Discussion Another mainly tropical, oceanic tern that is occasionally seen off Gulf and Atlantic coasts.