Gull-billed Tern

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The Gull-billed Tern is a fairly large and powerful tern, similar in size and general appearance to a Sandwich Tern, but the short thick gull-like bill, broad wings, long legs and robust body are distinctive. The summer adult has grey upper parts, white underparts, a black cap, strong black bill and black legs.

In winter, the cap is lost, and there is a dark patch through the eye like a Forster's Tern or a Mediterranean Gull. Juvenile Gull-billed Terns have a fainter mask, but otherwise look much like winter adults.


Gull-billed Tern in background, Akshi Beach
Gull-billed Tern in flight, Charkhala Salt Pans
Gull-billed Terns, Little Rann Of Kutch
Gull-billed Tern in flight, Kelshi
Gull-billed Tern in flight, Kelshi

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