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Red-billed Gull

Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus

Description:

In Māori they are called Tarāpunga and this subspecies seems to be only found in New Zealand. These beautiful little birds have a predominantly white head and body with a light grey back and wings. They also have pale eyes with a red ring around them. The most noticeable features are its bright red bill, and legs.

Habitat:

Having a bath in the fountain at the Botanic Gardens.

Notes:

"Although red-billed gulls are reasonably numerous, their numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate and so they are considered to be 'Nationally Vulnerable'." (https://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/urbanna... ) Article from RNZ: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/4114...

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armadeus.4
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armadeus.4

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Sep 24, 2021
Submitted on Oct 9, 2021

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