Arctic Terns have one of the longest known migration routes of all animals. Terns that nest in the Netherlands can travel over 90,000km in a year.
Arctic Terns will travel an estimated 2,400,000 km in their lifetimes. That’s a trip to the Moon 3 times over.
Arctic Terns don not spend the whole route of their migration flying by flapping their wings – instead they glide a great amount of the distances. In fact, they’re such good gliders that they can sleep while gliding.
Artic Terns are one of the only birds aside from the Hummingbird that can hover.
Arctic Terns don’t take straight routes from the North Pole to the South and back again. They will detour long distances to find better feeding grounds or to avoid bad weather. .
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