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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
A small tern with an all-black head and body, contrasting with grey wings, back and tail in spring; autumn birds have grey upperparts, white underparts and distinctive black head markings. Feeds by dipping down and picking food from the surface of water. Has occasionally bred in the UK.
Freshwater lakes, gravel pits and reservoirs, almost anywhere.
Best looked for in May, on spring passage, and from July to September on autumn passage.
Insects, invertebrates and fish.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto