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L. 21-25 cm Ws. 41-47 cm
Subspecies sinensis has grey rump and uppertail.
 Similar species
This species was formerly placed in the genus Sterna
There are 6 subspecies:
Sand, gravel or shingle coasts and islands. The nesting area will most often be located close to both the sea and to fresh water, but in southern areas also found near freshwater such as rivers.
The 1 - 3 eggs are laid on the ground. The nest is a scrape in the ground, usually on a shingle beach. The pair take turns incubating the eggs which hatch after 18 to 21 days. Chicks start to fly after 8 to 14 days but are not fully fledged until they are 28 days old.
Little Terns are fiercely protective of the eggs and chicks and will follow and harass any perceived predator.
It plunge-dives for fish.
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