Sterna – Terns
Every species in this genus looks sharp in a black cap during the winter
These medium-sized terns with long and pointed wings are often compared with seagulls. Something familiar in all species is that they put on a white dress with a black cap; however, the color of the bill and feet varies.
Roseate tern has a black bill, common tern has a red nose with a black tip, while arctic tern has an all-red bill. Unlike gulls, they are not efficient flyers; however, sometimes, they like to go for a swim. They hover over water and dive headfirst to catch a snack (often fish). You’d be fascinated to know that the black cap observed in these terns becomes white as the winter ends.
Species in this genus
This bird can give any cross-country runner a run for their money
This bird holds the record of the longest distance flown by any bird in recorded history