Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Kelp gull

Larus dominicanus - family laridae


Medium sized birds which are commonly seen along Uruguay's coastline. They are generally found in large number near ports or fishing boats due to their opportunistic scavenger characteristic. Both black and white seagulls and grey seagulls may regularly been spotted.




Several dead fish can genearlly be seen in the port where the picture was taken and although they sometimes find for some laying around piece, they are commonly seen catching fresh fish from the water.

1 species ID suggestions

Liam 6 years ago
Kelp Gull
Larus dominicanus Kelp Gull


Ceci 6 years ago

Really? Amazing! Their bodies do look the same but the colours are SO different that I didn´t imagine... So, this means that as they become adult gulls they even change the colour of their beak; good to know that...
Thank you very much once more Liam =)

Liam 6 years ago

That one should be a 1st cycle Kelp Gull (younger bird).

Ceci 6 years ago

according to the information that I found a kind of grey gall breed may be found in the chilean pacific coast but it doesn´t look like this one...

Ceci 6 years ago

Yes, thank you. And the grey one as well?

Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lat: -34.88, Long: -56.18

Spotted on Dec 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 30, 2011

Spotted for mission


Related spottings

Larus ridibundus Ring-billed Gull Heuglin's Gull Ring-Billed Gull

Nearby spottings

Garza Mora, Cocoi Heron Gorrión (House sparrow) Cattail (Cola de gato) Snowy egret (Garza)