Say the name of this bird 3 times to cool off.
This species is rare in Texas but similar to the Common Tern and Forster's Tern which are found here. The Forster's is the tern most common in North Texas during the winter months.
The blood-red bill and short legs are good ID marks.
The short arctic breeding season combined with one of the longest annual migrations of any bird (as much as 20,000 miles) means the Arctic Tern is only on its breeding grounds for two or three months, and is flying much of the rest of the year. The Arctic Tern has been little studied on its Antarctic wintering grounds.
Arctic Terns are very gregarious, and nesting colonies of 10,000 to several hundred thousand birds are known. A small space around individual nests is defended, often aggressively, by the adult terns. Many nearby neighbors will join in to form a large, mobbing group if a predator approaches.