Nature School Game Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus

Description:

The kelp gull superficially resembles two gulls from further north in the Atlantic Ocean the lesser black-backed gull and the great black-backed gull. The kelp is intermediate in size between these two species. This species ranges from 54 to 65 cm in total length, from 128 to 142 cm in wingspan and from 540 to 1,390 g in weight. Adult males and females weigh on average 1,000 g and 900 g respectively. Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 37.3 to 44.8 cm , the bill is 4.4 to 5.9 cm and the tarsus is 5.3 to 7.5 cm . The adult kelp gull has black upper parts and wings. The head, underparts, tail and the small "mirrors" at the wing tips are white. The bill is yellow with a red spot, and the legs are greenish-yellow (brighter and yellower when breeding, duller and greener when not breeding). The call is a strident ki-och. Juveniles have dull legs, a black bill, a dark band in the tail, and an overall grey-brown plumage densely edged whitish, but they rapidly get a pale base to the bill and largely white head and underparts. They take three or four years to reach maturity. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelp_gull)

Notes:

Spotted on the Whale Trail, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

1 Comment

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

nice spotting

Cape Agulhas Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Dec 8, 2012
Submitted on Nov 25, 2014

Related Spottings

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

Nearby Spottings

Spotted Massonia African Oystercatcher African Buckthorn Straw Flowers

Reference

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors