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Terns Gulls and Relatives: Laridae

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Gulls, Terns, Relatives, And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, CONSERVATION STATUS

ARCTIC SKUA (Stercorarius parasiticus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SAUNDER'S GULL (Larus saundersi): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
BLACK TERN (Chlidonias niger): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Gulls and terns are found in coastal regions worldwide. Skimmers are found in temperate, not too hot or too cold, and tropical regions in North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Skuas and jaegers are found in temperate and polar areas.

Chinese crested terns are Critically Endangered, facing an extremely high risk of extinction. Threats to gulls and terns include habitat destruction and disturbance, hunting, egg collection, predation by cats and other species associated with humans, pollution from oil spills and pesticides.

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