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Gull-billed Terns are locally rare during the spring and summer throughout the state and uncommon during winter in south Florida. They can be found feeding at a variety of habitats, particularly freshwater lagoons and impoundments. Their habit of picking food (such as fish, lizards and insects) from the ground or water’s surface (instead of plunge-diving) is a distinctive behavior, which helps distinguish them from other similar-looking tern species. Gull-billed Terns have dark legs, and have thicker bills than other medium-sized terns.
Recommended GFBWT sites:
- St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: St. Marks Unit
- Gulf Islands National Seashore: Fort Pickens Area
For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds website.
They can be found feeding at a variety of habitats, including lagoons & impoundments; they nest on beaches and barrier islands.