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1 March 2008 Royal Terns Capture Flying Fish in Midair
Douglas R. Wood
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On 22 March 2007, I observed Royal Terns (Sterna maxima) flushing and capturing flying fish off the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Individual terns struck the water which flushed flying fish out of the water and allowed other terns to capture them in midair. This observation is an example of opportunistic foraging by conspecifics.

Douglas R. Wood "Royal Terns Capture Flying Fish in Midair," Waterbirds 31(1), 149, (1 March 2008).[149:RTCFFI]2.0.CO;2
Received: 17 May 2007; Accepted: 1 October 2007; Published: 1 March 2008
flying fish
Royal Terns
Sterna maxima
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