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Black Tern
Childonias niger

Gulls and Terns
Gull Family (Laridae)

Size: Length: 23-25 cm Wingspan: 61 cm

Description: The black tern is an occasional migrant and nester in the Rockies. Well named, it is completely dark, above and below. The head and belly are darker than the rest of the body. The tail is slightly forked, and light underneath. Immatures have less black on the head. The legs are reddish-black. They catch insects by plucking them out of mid-air, by picking them off grasses, or by diving into the water for them. They also dive for small fish. The call is a high pitched, "kik---kik". Black terns usually nest east or west of the mountains. Like other terns, they are colonial, often on rafts of mash plants. They may nest on solid ground, or muskrat houses.

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