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White-winged Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

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Fairly common to locally common summer migrant to eastern Europe and Russia, from tropical winter grounds (very rare vagrant to western Europe). Like Black Tern, feeds by picking from surface, not splash-diving like typical terns. Breeding adult White-winged is wildly conspicuous in flight, with contrasting black-and-white plumage; at rest note white shoulders contrasting with black body. Juvenile told from Black Tern by dark back contrasting with lighter upperwings and white rump, and black marking above the shoulder.

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