One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small white tropical tern which lays its single egg on a narrow ledge or on the bare branch of a tree. When flying against a bright sky the wings appear somewhat translucent, allowing the bone structure to be seen.
Gygis alba, family Sternidae
- ‘Other birds on the island include boobies, fairy terns, frigate birds, and a good-sized population of friendly ground doves, a species classed as internationally vulnerable.’
- ‘Fairy Terns use trees for breeding, although they do not build a nest.’
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