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Gaviota patiamarilla, Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis


56 cm lenght. Males are bigger than females. The color of the cover is grey. They have yellow bill and legs. Youngs are brownish and they have black bill.


I found this bird in the Segura river, when it pass through the city of Murcia. I fond them on the water, and standing on the little hills formated by the sedimentation of the stones. These birds are normally at that place..

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Hi again Marco, in the Habitat field we would like to see stated the actual habitat where you made the spotting, this is so that we can track changes of habitat which may be taking place. Thanks.

OK, no problem. However, there has recently been a change in the taxonomy of the larger Gulls which has resulted in a change of the scientific name and the English Common name of these Gulls. It was determined that there were significant differences between the eastern and western populations of the Caspian Gull and the Herring Gull. This has resulted in the eastern race covering eastern Europe and western Asia being elevated to full species and retaining the name Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) and those of western Europe becoming a full species known as Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis).
Here are some links to some fuller current information on the two species:
So this bird is now Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Perhaps you would consider adding it to my mission Birds of Iberia at

MarcoAntonio 7 years ago

Sorry, i was a mistake. I´m gonna change the location

This bird should not be in a Spanish mission if it was seen in Croatia.

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Región de Murcia, Spain

Spotted on Feb 21, 2014
Submitted on Feb 21, 2014

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