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Black-headed gull

Chroicocephalus ridibundus


The common name of this species is inaccurate, as adult black-headed gulls have a chocolate-brown head in summer (5). In winter, this brown hood retreats and the birds have a largely white head with a dark spot behind the eye (5). Other distinguishing features include the prominent white leading edge of the upper wing, which is visible from a fair distance, the tern-like slender wings and the reddish coloured bill and legs (2). Juveniles are different in appearance to adults; they have ginger-brown coloured upperparts and a yellowish bill with a black tip (2). This is a noisy species during the breeding season, producing a loud kwarr call and a short kwup (6).


Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 12 years ago

I am agree with Karen!

KarenL 12 years ago

Lovely shot!

July Llanes
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July Llanes

Clearwater, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 21, 2010
Submitted on Nov 17, 2011

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