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Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis lusitanius

Description:

The Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis), sometimes referred to as Western Yellow-legged Gull (to distinguish it from eastern populations of yellow-legged large white-headed gulls), is a large gull of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which has only recently achieved wide recognition as a distinct species. It was formerly treated as a subspecies of either the Caspian Gull L. cachinnans, or more broadly as a subspecies of the Herring Gull L. argentatus. It is named after the German zoologist Karl Michahelles.

Habitat:

Birds breeding on the Atlantic coasts of Morocco, Portugal and Galicia (and spreading north from there) are sometimes considered to be a third subspecies L. m. lusitanius. Atlantic Ocean birds have darker wings and back by comparison with Mediterranean birds, creating a more pronounced contrast to the white parts.


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Ricardo Salgueiro
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Ricardo Salgueiro

Portugal

Lat: 39.35, Long: -9.38

Spotted on Jul 29, 2013
Submitted on Aug 29, 2013

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