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Swallow-tailed Gull

Creagrus furcatus

Description:

No structural or plumage differences between the male and female. In the breeding season, the adult has a black plumaged head and a bright red fleshy rim around each eye. Outside the breeding season, the head is white and the eye rim becomes black.[5] It has a grayish upper breast, gray mantle, and black wingtips. The mostly black bill has a contrasting white tip.

Habitat:

The Swallow-tailed Gull is a near-endemic breeding bird of the Galápagos Islands, although a few pairs nest on Malpelo Island off the coast of Colombia. When not breeding, it is totally pelagic, flying and hunting over the open oceans, and migrating eastward to the coasts of Ecuador and Peru.


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1 Comment

lori.tas
lori.tas 8 years ago

Those are beautiful birds.

Amy Raybuck
Spotted by
Amy Raybuck

Ecuador

Lat: -0.83, Long: -90.98

Spotted on Mar 10, 2011
Submitted on Mar 21, 2011

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