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The Arctic tern has a white body with a black cap on its head, gray upper wings, back, and underparts, and a deeply forked white tail.
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The Arctic tern, with its streamlined body and long, pointed wings, is uniquely designed for its long, yearly flight. It also has very keen eyesight. The Arctic tern locates schools of fish in shallow water and seizes its prey at the water’s surface while in flight. It can also locate insects on land and catch them while in flight. These abilities were given to the Arctic tern by its Creator.
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Charadriiformes (shorebirds and relatives)
FAMILY: Sternidae (terns)
GENUS/SPECIES: Sterna paradisaea
Size: 14–17 in (36–43 cm); wingspan 29–33 in (74–84 cm)
Diet: Mostly small fish, crustaceans, and insects
Habitat: Nests long seacoasts, interior lakes, and marshes north of the Arctic Circle worldwide; winters in sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters