lesser crested tern

noun

Definition of lesser crested tern

: a medium to large tern (Sterna bengalensis synonym Thalasseus bengalensis) of Africa, Asia, and Australia with an orange bill and a prominent black crest

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“Lesser crested tern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser%20crested%20tern. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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