29 August, 2009

Great Black-backed Gull

Scientific Name: Larus marinus

Population Estimate: 500K-750K, Least Concern status

Range: Year-round in coastal regions on both sides of the North Atlantic, though somewhat migratory.

Field Notes: Largest gull in the world. Overall white with dark-grey to black mantle. Yellow bill with red spot on the lower mandible. Legs pale. Lesser Black-backed Gull more dainty with yellow legs.

Personal Notes: Different than the New Zealand black-backed gull.

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