Sooty tern Sterna fuscata

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The very dark upperparts and white underparts of the adult Sooty Tern are also found in the Bridled Tern but note that the Bridled Tern has a white collar, paler upperparts, and paler undersurfaces to the flight feathers. The mostly dark plumage of the juvenile Sooty Tern is somewhat similar to alternate-plumaged Black Terns. Sooties are much larger and browner than Black Terns. Brown Noddies are similar to juvenile Sooty Terns but have pale caps, wedge-shaped tails and dark bellies.