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sandwich tern

a European tern, Sterna sandvicensis, that has a yellow-tipped bill, whitish plumage, and white forked tail, and nests in colonies on beaches, etc
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C18: from the town of Sandwich in Kent
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  • The sandwich tern is gregarious, but its colonies, with one exception, in our islands are nowhere very extensive.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The usual call-note of the sandwich tern is a somewhat shrill scream.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon

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