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Common Tern ó Field ID

Size: 13"-16"

Wingspan: 30"-31"

Weight: 3.3-7.1 ounces

Color: During breeding season, the Common Tern features a solid black cap, white neck and chest, pale gray back and underparts, orange-red legs, and an orange-red bill with a black tip. The birdís outer wing feathers also are tipped with black. Males and females are colored alike; juveniles have a brownish head and brown stripes across the back.

ML Reeb writer: Laurence Wiland design: T. Yao