Northeastern populations most likely a lot lower than these were historically. Lakes, bays, ocean, beaches. Winters largely along coastlines in bright subtropical and tropical waters. One of 4 extremely comparable terns on this continent. Also prevalent in the Old World. Forages largely by flying over h2o, hovering, and plunging to get prey below area. Sometimes dips down to take products from surface of h2o, or maybe pursues flying bugs in the atmosphere. Occasionally steals food from many other terns.Mostly fish. Also eats some other crustaceans, bugs, marine worms, tiny squid, leeches, marine worms. Male might fly over colony carrying fish; female uses. On ground, bows, pair postures, struts in circles; male presents fish to female.