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it is very noticeably smaller than other North American beach terns.
Northern birds migrate, and the species is found to Brazil in winter.
This species was formerly placed in the genus Sterna
There are 3 subspecies:
Breeds and winters in coastal areas, and to some extent uses inland waters such as rivers. Migrates along coasts but also more pelagic.
Mostly feeds on fish caught with plunge-dives, but can also take insects in the air.
Normally nests colonially. Very aggressive in breeding season.
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