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Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis


Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) 2nd winter plums Geelpootmeeuw (It can be a Herring Gull... have to go back for looking at the legs of these birds.)

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Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago


There is a guidebook available now just for gulls and apparently it is very comprehensive, although I have not seen it. The days of the good old Seagull are coming to an end!

I found it back why I was thinking it is the yellow legged one..
At the age of 1y or 2y the legs are pink. But the yellow legged gull has a fine line that is much darker, horizontal at the back of the eyes. The herring gull looks a little bit different. The ANWB book is using drawings and no pictures. It's good explained but I look mostely also at many pictures via google. And thanks for your welcome words, Daniele. (I try to make pictures of the images in the book. and send them later, with the notes translated in English. It's fasinating to discover that in the city there are so many different types of them are pasing by. Before the book, it was simply a gull. :)

Thanks Daniele and Malcom...

It's difficult to see in my book. I went back and I have seen gulls over there with Yellow and pink feet. The 19th I seen at an other park in my city gulls like this with pink and with yellow legs too. flying in the same group.
Do you get no mixing of species? One kind that the other fertilized?
For different types of birds I have the images of the wings on all sides, but in many cases this is not so, which compare a lot of inspiration comes together.

I used to say we never get Herring Gulls here either but I feel sure I saw one in the marshes the other day, I need to take a close look at the photos later.

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Hi Malcolm and Franky! My 2 cents on this for what they're worth: the Collins guide indicates that on juvenile,1st and 2nd winter yellow legged gulls the legs are pink as well. I have this guy down as a Yellow legged but it's easier as the Herring does not occur in my area:
For Belgium I agree with the point Malcolm is making.
Welcome to Project Noah Franky!

Thanks Malcolm...
These gulls stays in a park in the center of the city. I use a book for the ID from ANWB. ANWB is the organisation from the Netherlands. It's not always easy to discover the wright one. Next week I go back, to look at the legs. I will post the link here. Thanks. Franky

I get the impression that the feet look more pinkish than yellow which would lean towards Herring Gull. Considering that the two species used to be considered just one until a few years ago and the differences are only really visible on adults I would not be prepared to say either way for certain. Herrings used to rule in Belgium but a few Yellow-legged have started to turn up in the last few years. You could post a link to Q&A section, there are several experts there.

Oostende, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spotted on May 16, 2013
Submitted on May 16, 2013

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