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Inca Tern: The Magnificently Mustached Bird

While the beer brand Dos Equis can proudly proclaim that they have "The Most Interesting Man in the World," in the bird world, the mustache sporting Inca Tern easily takes that title (just substitute "bird" for "man"). Found along the rocky Pacific coastline, from northern Peru south to central Chile, the uniquely plumaged bird is easily recognizable for its dark grey body, its red-orange beak and feet and, of course, that curling white mustache.

Sadly, its population has decreased at a rapid rate due to the loss of suitable nesting areas. They're only an estimated 150,000 left, classifying them as near threatened.

Taken by a selection of photographers, here are some of our photos featuring these magnificently mustached bird.

Photo credit: Ellen van Yperen


Photo credit: Salamander Photography


Photo credit: Julia Babushkina


Photo credit: Aaron W Gates


Photo credit: William Mercer


Photo credit: Vernsteroo


Photo credit: Kathryn Lisko


Photo via: Animals Photos


Photo credit: Rick Thompson


Photo credit: Annemiek Brink


Photo credit: William Mercer

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