Common Tern

Common Tern

More streamlined than gulls, the common tern is identified by its black cap and notched tail. When breeding, male tern agressively defend their feeding territory to ensure that the female will produce healthy eggs. Both parents will swoop down on any intruder who approaches the young ones. Locals usually call them “terns” or “stearins.” Their life span is 25-33 years. The number of young per year is three.