Least Tern

About the Least Tern
Also known as: Brown's Tern, Little Tern
Least Tern

The Least Tern, the smallest of the tern species, graces the skies and shores of the Americas with its delicate and agile presence. Predominantly breeding in various parts of North America, these birds are also known for their migratory nature, spending winters in the warmer climates of southern North America, Central America, and northern South America.

Known for their fishing prowess, Least Terns have a diet primarily consisting of fish. Their hunting technique is a marvel to observe: they hover gracefully over water, scanning for prey with keen eyesight. Once a target is spotted, they perform a dramatic plunge into the water, showcasing their remarkable diving ability to capture their prey.

The Least Tern is easily identifiable by its compact size, with a sharp black cap and a white forehead during the breeding season. Their wings are narrow and pointed, lending them an elegant appearance in flight.

Despite their small stature, Least Terns are resilient and adaptable, nesting on sandy beaches, islands, and even gravel roofs in urban areas. Their presence along coastlines is a joyous spectacle for birdwatchers and serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving natural shorelines and habitats for the continued survival of these charming seabirds.

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