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Temporal range: Early Miocene tae present
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Greater crested tern in first-year plumage
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Faimily: Laridae
Subfaimily: Sterninae

Tarns is birds in the faimily Sternidae. They are maist sib to maws (faimily Laridae).