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Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

   A distinctive long, slender orange bill makes the royal tern one of the more colorful characters you will encounter at Siesta Key’s three public beaches. Colonies of these social coastal dwellers call Crescent Beach home with its protected shoreline and warm, salt waters fed by the Gulf of Mexico. During the winter months, the royal tern dons a jet-black cap of spiky feathers that transforms it briefly into the ‘rock star’ of the beach before its plumage undergoes molting in the Spring.

Photo courtesy of Siesta Keys Notes/Jan Baumgartner

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