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Orange red bill black wing tips, grey legs, white grey wings

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Common Tern - Photo (c) Tom McC., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
mbarton's ID: Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Actually, wait, black forehead + very dark wingtips = probably common tern.

Posted by mbarton almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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These were a bit bigger than Common Terns, I think, though obviously that's impossible to see in this crummy photo. I was thinking more along the lines of Caspian / Royal / Elegant. I guess the dark wingtips would knock out Elegant, right?

Posted by kueda almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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Terns - Photo (c) Marj Kibby, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
dhobern's ID: Terns (Family Sternidae [inactive]) (inactive taxon)

My best guess would be Caspian. There is a sign of a crest on the right hand bird but not the shaggy crest of the other two. I think the bill seems too dark for Elegant. These species are all now placed in other genera than Sterna.

Posted by dhobern almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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Terns - Photo (c) Marj Kibby, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kueda's ID: Terns (Family Sternidae [inactive]) (inactive taxon)
Posted by kueda almost 5 years ago (Flag)
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Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers - Photo (c) Sarah, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kueda's ID: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Family Laridae) Added as part of a taxon swap
Posted by kueda about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers - Photo (c) Sarah, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
dhobern's ID: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Family Laridae) Added as part of a taxon swap
Posted by dhobern about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Caspian Tern - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
micrathene's ID: Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Black caps without obvious crest, large red bills.

Posted by micrathene 5 months ago (Flag)
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Caspian Tern - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
psweet's ID: Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Posted by psweet 24 days ago (Flag)
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Caspian Tern - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
dhobern's ID: Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Posted by dhobern 24 days ago (Flag)
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Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers - Photo (c) Sarah, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kueda's ID: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Family Laridae) Added as part of a taxon swap
Caspian Tern - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
Community ID: Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
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Common Tern - Photo (c) Tom McC., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
mbarton's ID: Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
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