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Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Aves > Charadriiformes > Laridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishCommon Tern
FrenchSterne pierregarin
SpanishCharrán común


A small gull-like migratory seabird nesting along the river around Montreal. Commonly seen along river and lakes flying over the surface looking for fishes which then are catched with a dive into the water.

How to Identify

The bird is grey on the back and upper side of the wings, white of the belly and lower side of the wings, has a black cap and red-orange beak transitioning to black towards the end. Very similar to the larger Caspian Tern which is less frequent than Common Tern. Different to the Caspian Tern, the Common Tern's beak ends in Black.

Where When to Spot

Late spring till mid autumn along the river and in parks with ponds near the river.



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