Definition of fairy tern in English:

fairy tern

Syllabification: fair·y tern


  • A small white tropical tern that lays its single egg on a narrow ledge or on the bare branch of a tree. When it flies against a bright sky, the wings appear somewhat translucent, allowing the bone structure to be seen.
    • Gygis alba, family Sternidae
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    • Other birds on the island include boobies, fairy terns, frigate birds, and a good-sized population of friendly ground doves, a species classed as internationally vulnerable.
    • Fairy Terns use trees for breeding, although they do not build a nest.

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