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Inca tern

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The Inca tern (Larosterna inca) is a locally common bird of the coastal regions of western South America.

It is easily distinguishable from other tern species by its slate-grey plumage that is interrupted by white “moustaches” that extend behind the bill for about 2 inches (5 centimetres). Both sexes have this feature. The Inca tern can also be recognized from its bright red bill and feet.

The Inca tern is some 15-17 inches (38-44 centimetres) long and it weighs 6-7 ounces (175-200 g).

The Inca tern is one of many species that depends for its food on the nutrient-rich waters brought to the eastern Pacific by the Humboldt Current. Its particular liking is for small anchovies. Large numbers can be seen when sealions and humpback whales are feeding, so that they can dive for the scraps that these large animals leave behind.

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soncee Nice one litlle bird
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milenazoran Interesting facts!
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Shavkat Nice bird
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