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a little tern walking along the surf line on a sandy beach

Little Tern Sterna albifrons

This delightful chattering seabird is the UK's smallest tern. It is short-tailed and has a fast flight. Its bill is a distinctive yellow with a black tip. It is noisy at its breeding colony where courtship starts with an aerial display involving the male calling and carrying a fish to attract a mate. Image: Arthur Grosset (Flickr).

Find out more: RSPB, Suffolk Wildlife TrustiNaturalist

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