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Caspian Tern
2009-04-07 18:48:47

The Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia, formerly Hydroprogne tschegrava) is a species of bird with an extensive range, but scattered distribution. It is found in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In North America it is found on large lakes and ocean coasts. In Europe it is found mainly around the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. North American birds migrate to southern...

Inca Tern
2006-02-22 13:48:31

The Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is a seabird in the family Sternidae and the only member of the genus Larosterna. This unique bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt Current. The Inca Tern breeds on rocky cliffs, nesting in a hollow or burrow or sometimes the old nest of a Humboldt Penguin. The female lays one or two eggs which are incubated for...

Sooty Tern
2006-02-22 12:45:18

The Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. It can be found in tropical oceans and it breeds on islands throughout the equatorial zone. This bird is migratory, wintering more widely through the tropical oceans. It prefers more marine habitats compared to most terns. This species is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe, although a bird was present at Cemlyn...

Arctic Tern
2006-02-22 12:07:19

The Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. The call is a clear piping, similar to that of the Common Tern, but higher pitched and more strident. This bird has a circumpolar distribution and can be found in abundance throughout the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Europe, Asia and North America as far south as Brittany and Massachusetts. The Arctic Tern...

Common Tern
2006-02-22 11:30:53

The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a circumpolar distribution and breeds in temperate and sub-arctic regions of Europe, Asia and east and central North America. It is strongly migratory, wintering in the subtropical and tropical oceans. It is sometimes known as the sea swallow. This species breeds in colonies on coasts and islands and...

River Tern
2006-02-22 11:15:55

The River Tern (Sterna aurantia) is a bird in the tern family . This resident breeder can be found along inland rivers from Iran east through India and Myanmar to Thailand (where it is uncommon). It does not occur in Sri Lanka. Unlike most Sterna terns, it is almost exclusively found on freshwater and rarely ventures to tidal creeks. Breeding season lasts from March to May. Large colonies...

Little Tern
2005-06-08 15:02:02

The Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. The North American race, S. a. antillarum, is sometimes considered a separate species, Least Tern, Sterna antillarum. The Little Tern breeds on the coasts and inland waterways of temperate and tropical Europe, Asia and North America. It is migratory and winters in the subtropical and tropical oceans as far south as...

Royal Tern
2005-06-02 09:49:50

The Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. Itd has two distinctive races: S. m. maxima, which breeds on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the southern USA and Mexico into the Caribbean and the slightly smaller S. m. albididorsalis that breeds in coastal West Africa. American birds winter south to Peru and Argentina, and African breeders move both north and...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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