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Common Tern



Scientific name: Sterna hirundo

Once threatened by the millinery trade, which used the Common Tern’s feathers for adorning women’s hats, the species recovered after passage of bird protection laws in the early 1900s.  All Common Terns in North America are migratory, and they are thought to migrate at night.

The Common Tern forages using a method known as plunge-diving, in which it spots a fish from the air, and plunges into the water to grab it with its bill. Laughing Gulls sometimes try to steal a fish captured by a Common Tern.