The common tern is a regular but not numerous spring and autumn visitant to the Islands, some remaining to breed.
It differs somewhat in its nesting arrangements from the common tern, inasmuch that it never makes any nest.
The eggs closely resemble those of the common tern, but are somewhat smaller.
They are decidedly smaller than those of the common tern, more elongated in shape, and are much more olive in general colour.
The eggs of this bird run slightly smaller than those of the common tern.
The common tern and the greater sand-plover nested on the shingly islands in the river.
This is the common tern of N. India, and frequents all the large rivers.
Lastly, we have the common tern, a bird that arrives and departs at about the same dates as the preceding species.
The note is plaintive and sometimes melodious, and recalls, without its harshness, the cry of the common tern.
gull-like shore bird (subfamily Sterninae), 1670s, via East Anglian dialect, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish terne, Swedish tärna, Færoese terna) related to Old Norse þerna "tern," cognate with Old English stearn "starling."
Extreme; unmitigated: Terminal cuteness is the dread disease of too much Southern writing
[1990s+; based on the medical sense ''fatal, incurable'']