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Photo by: Harold Holt
 Least Tern
 Sterna antillarum

Habitat: Breeding birds nest on bare sandy shorelines of islands in reservoirs. Migrants occur at reservoirs, lakes, and rivers with bare sandy shorelines.

Range in Colorado: Local uncommon summer resident on southeastern plains in the Arkansas River Valley. Migrants or nonbreeding individuals also occur at other reservoirs on the southeastern plains. Casual nonbreeding summer visitor on northeastern plains. Casual to very rare spring and fall migrant on northeastern plains. Casual spring migrant in west-central valleys in Mesa and Delta counties (Janos 1985b).


Status: CDOW WRIS Species, Federally Endangered, State Endangered


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