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Set B4 - Bird Portraits - card information

50. Roseate Tern

50. Roseate Tern

Of the five species of tern, which habitually nest in Britain, the roseate tern is probably the most elegant. It has longer tail-streamers, and a paler grey back than the other terns, and a satin-pink breast which gives it its name. These birds nest in colonies on dunes and shingle banks or on rocky islets Small fish, which it captures by plunging headlong into the water, are its main food. The roseate tern is very much a summer bird, arriving in Britain in May and leaving in September.