The roseate tern is a graceful creature whose white, forked tail looks like long streamers when in flight. During courtship rituals, the males fly circles high in the air, often carrying a fish. During the breeding season, their belly turns pink, earning them their name. Roseate terns feed on small saltwater fish, plunging in the water close to shore to catch their prey. Estimating their lifespan can be difficult, but the oldest known banded roseate tern was 25 years old.
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