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Is a mid-sized gull, 37–40 cm long with a 90–102 cm wingspan. The head and dark red bill have an elongated appearance, and this bird also appears long-necked. The legs are dark red, and the iris is yellow. In summer, the breast has a pink colouration.
It breeds very locally around the Mediterranean and the north of the western Indian Ocean (e.g. Pakistan) on islands and coastal lagoons. Most of the population is somewhat migratory, wintering further south to north Africa and India, and a few birds have wandered to western Europe.
Playa Pinet, Santa Pola.