Nicknamed the 'sea-swallow', the common tern has a long tail with a white and grey/silver colourings. They are a noisy bird and are often found in large breeding colonies.
They fly gracefully and are often seen hovering above water whilst on the hunt for fish. Once they find one, they dive down to catch their prey.
Out of all the terns, you are most likely to see the common tern inland.
Their diet mainly consists of fish.
Named in honour of the French naturalist and ornithologist, Jean Victor Audouin (1797 – 1841) the Audouin’s gull is one of the world’s rarest and is limited in the main to regions within and surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
The title of Black-headed Gull is rather a misnomer for this bird as its head is not black but a dark brown colour and only in adult birds during the breeding season. It is not present during the winter months or in other plumages. Unlike many gulls it is not restricted to coastal regions and is widespread inland in both rural and urban areas.
A graceful tern, easily distinguishable in their black summer plumage, which they're named after.