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Great Britain

Set B1 - British Birds - card information

6. The Tern or Sea Swallow
(Sterna macrura)

6. The Tern or Sea Swallow

There is no more exquisite sprite than the Tern or Sea Swallow as it floats over the blue summer waves or alights, to pose with upheld wings, by its nest and eggs. The Common Tern is the most numerous species in southern Britain, and the Arctic Tern in the north of our islands. The two are so much alike as to be indistinguishable to the layman. The bird here depicted is an Arctic Tern. Several other species of tern breed on the coast of Britain.