Large-billed tern

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Large-billed tern
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Two large-billed tern at Cuiaba river, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil
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Young large-billed tern at Lagoa do Peixe National Park, Tavares, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Phaetusa
Wagler, 1832
Species: P. simplex
Binomial name
Phaetusa simplex
(Gmelin, 1789)

The large-billed tern (Phaetusa simplex) is a species of tern in the Sternidae family. It belongs to the monotypic genus Phaetusa.

It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. It has occurred as a vagrant in Aruba, Bermuda, Cuba, Panama and the United States.

Its natural habitats are rivers and freshwater lakes.