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Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

3 Species ID Suggestions

Western gull
None
Jimmie
Jimmie 9 years ago
Great Black-backed Gull
Larus marinus Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Larus fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull


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8 Comments

zhabiz
zhabiz 9 years ago

Thank you Avinash for your help. You made everything so clear. I didn’t notice that the fourth photo might be another species. I am going to have that separated as a new spotting.

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 9 years ago

You are right zhabiz, the color of legs is very important, and when rounded of to Yellow Legged and Lesser Black Backed, I suggest latter as the color of wing might give us hint, Its darker grey. Also, I feel the last bird is Yellow legged Gull, I feel it is lighter grey in color compared to first three pics with rest everything same.

zhabiz
zhabiz 9 years ago

I can't argue with this!

Jimmie
Jimmie 9 years ago

If they are going to be classified, they might as well be classified right! So sometimes a little arguing is a good thing!

zhabiz
zhabiz 9 years ago

Thanks again, Jimmie. Apparently this leg color is very important in classification of Gulls. Besides I tend to argue a lot with people!! ;)

Jimmie
Jimmie 9 years ago

Even though I suggested the Great Black-backed Gull, I tend to agree with the speculation in your notes that it is the Lesser. After posting, I noticed that the legs were still not right to be the Greater.
Great spotting, in any case! :^)

zhabiz
zhabiz 9 years ago

Thanks Jimmie, but still, "Great Black-backed Gull" doesn't have the yellow feet.

zhabiz
zhabiz 9 years ago

Thanks BluberryLiLi for your suggestion. However I don't think this is "Western gull", because western gull has pink feet and lives in north and south America, while this gull has yellow feet and lives in UK.

zhabiz
Spotted by
zhabiz

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 19, 2008
Submitted on Jan 27, 2012

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