A Scrapbook of Bird Identifications - plunge-divers

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This group include a variety of often otherwise unrelated birds that dive into the water from flight in order to catch fish.

Belted Kingfisher

(often appears more gray)

female (orange breast band and sides)

male (dark color, white breast and belly)
Brown Pelican

unique (pouch red and neck mostly brown in breeding plumage)

often gliding flight
Caspian Tern

red bill with dark tip, black cap and legs
Common Tern

breeding plumage (orange bill, dark tip and black cap); orange legs

white forehead, back of head and bill black, orange legs
Forsters Tern

dark mask unique, black bill, orange legs
Royal Tern

breeding plumage (broad black cap)

often seen all lined up in the same direction

black band behind eyes (around back of head), heavy, long orange bill, black legs
Sandwich Tern

compare Royal; black bill with pale tip

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