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Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

The Common Tern nests in the far north of the USA and into Central Canada. Winters are spent along the coasts of South America. This species is also found across most of the Eurasian continent, but this population winters along the African Atlantic and Indian oceans and in the Indonesian region and western Australia.

These birds suffered from the regrettable practices of a less-than-enlightened period of the late 1800s when the fashion industry harvested these birds for their feathers and sometimes the entire carcase to adorn women’s fashions. Fortunately, their population has mostly recovered, though not to the historic levels seen prior to the holocaust.

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