Birds of Colombia

    CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)  
Genus: Thalasseus (3 species, 8 worldwide)

Cabot's Tern
Cabot's Tern (Thalasseus acuflavidus)
Sanibel Island, Florida, USA  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A small tern, also called the Sandwich Tern (now the Old World species), with a black yellow-tipped bill.
Additional photo.

Elegant Tern
Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) Near Threatened
Morro Bay, California, United States
  A crested tern very similar to the Royal Tern, but slightly smaller and with a more pronounced crest.
Photograph by Alan Schmierer   Image has been placed in the Public Domain.

Royal Tern
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A large tern with a short crest. As with many terns, the cap is all black during breeding season.
Additional photo.

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