|Lakes, marshes and coasts. It nests in a ground scrape.
Insects taken in flight, and often hunts over wet fields,to take
amphibians and small mammals, as well as small birds and the chicks and
eggs of other terns.
Similar in size and general appearance to a Sandwich tern, but the
short thick gull-likebill, broad wings, long legs and robust body
are distinctive. The summer adult has grey upperparts, white
underparts, a black cap, strong black bill and black legs. In winter,
the cap is lost, and there is a dark patch through the eye.
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