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36â€“45 cm (14Â¼-17Â¾ in)
Juveniles have scaly grey plumage
 Similar Species
Bridled Tern differs in having upper back contrastingly paler than rear head. Notice that Sooty Tern becomes more Bridled Tern-like in winter.
Tropical (and sometimes subtropical) oceans all around the globe.
Eight subspecies are recognized:
Open sea, but they breed in colonies on rocky or coral islands. They are rarely seen on land, apart from when breeding.
The nest is a ground scrape or hole. The clutch consists of 1-3 eggs.
It feeds by picking fish from the sea surface. Their diet consists mainly of fish, squid and crustaceans, with insects and offal taken on occasion.
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