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Roseate Tern

While at Indian Key, on April 28, 1832, Audubon and his party shot 38 Roseate Terns. This tern was painted later that day.

"Beautiful, indeed are Terns of every kind, but the roseate excels the rest, if not in form, yet in the lovely hue of its breast. I had never seen a bird of this species before, and as the unscathed hundreds arose and danced as it were in the air, I thought them the Humming Birds of the sea, so light and graceful were their movements."

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