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10 remarkable Arctic birds

By: Roni Robbins on Dec. 20, 2012, 4:27 p.m.
Arctic tern on ground

Photo: Mary Tremaine/Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Arctic tern

This small bird is a noted long-distance flier that often returns to the place it was hatched. It has the longest round-trip migration of any bird in the world, with a route that takes it from the Arctic to Antarctic waters and back each year, Senner said.

In a year, the Arctic tern may fly as many as 25,000 miles during migration. The bird may fly hundreds of thousands of miles in its lifetime, which can be as long as 34 years.