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Elegant Terns

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1998

The Elegant Tern (Sterna elegans) 16-17" In size, midway between Royal and Forster's terns. Bill orange-yellow, with no black tip, and proportionately more slender than the more orange bill of the Royal. Its black crest is longer than the Royal tern. Voice: A nasal karreek, or ka-zeek. It wanders irregularly north to San Francisco Bay. Breeds near San Diego. These terns were protesting very loudly as the last one tried to land on the jetty in Alameda, California.


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