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Sandwich Tern

2 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 04 July 2013

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

Steve Backshall presents the sandwich tern. Sandwich terns are the UK's largest breeding terns and have shaggy black crests and a black bill with a yellow tip. They live in colonies on shingle or sandy beaches and were first described from birds seen in Sandwich in the 1780s by William Boys, a Kentish surgeon.

  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis)

    Image courtesy of RSPB (rspb-images.com)


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    Tweet of the Day

    Discover British birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a different…

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