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The Arctic Tern is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird breeds in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. The species is strongly migratory, seeing two summers each year as it migrates from its northern breeding grounds to the oceans around Antarctica and back travelling about 24,000 miles each year. This is the longest regular migration by any known animal. The arctic tern flies as well as glides through the air and may only land once every one to three years to nest. Arctic Terns are medium-sized birds. They are mainly grey and white plumaged, with a red beak and feet. Arctic Terns can live up to thirty years of age. They eat mainly fish and small marine invertebrates. The Arctic Aircraft Arctic Tern is named after it. This photograph was taken by John Carey.

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