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Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

The Sandwich Tern is a medium-sized tern found year round in the Port Aransas area. It can be recognized by the yellow-tipped black bill, grey upperparts, white underparts and shaggy black crest, which becomes less extensive in winter, with a white crown. It nests in ground scrap and lays one to three eggs. The Sandwich Tern feeds by plunge diving for fish, usually in marine environments, and the offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display.

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