Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

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Common name: Common Tern

Scientific name: Sterna hirundo

Accession number: 138

Materials: Watercolour on paper

When painted: 1831-1841

"With us the Terns arrive in straggling flocks in the beginning of May, and soon after betake themselves to their breeding-places, which are sandy tracts, gravelly or pebbly ridges on the shore, rocky ground, or sometimes low rocks."

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