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Yellow-legged Gull; Gaviota Patiamarilla

Larus michahellis

Description:

This particular bird, which is thought to be a 3CY individual, is termed "leucistic" which means it has a genetic disorder which reduces its ability to produce melamin which is needed to add colour to the feathers. Albino's have pink eyes and rarely live to become adults in the wild, whereas leucistic birds are quite common and often lead normal or near normal lives.

Habitat:

Coastal marshes

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Puçol, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on May 30, 2013
Submitted on Jul 12, 2013

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