South American tern

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South American tern
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Sterna
Species: S. hirundinacea
Binomial name
Sterna hirundinacea
Lesson, 1831

The South American tern (Sterna hirundinacea) is a species of tern found in coastal regions of southern South America, including the Falkland Islands, ranging north to Peru (Pacific coast) and Brazil (Atlantic coast). It is generally the commonest tern in its range. It closely resembles the smaller, highly migratory common tern.