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Kelp Gull

(Larus dominicanus)
Alternate name(s): "Dominican Gull", "Southern Black-headed Gull"
Size: 55-60 cm; wing span 1.3-1.4 m
Weight: 540-1390 g; 940 g (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Kelp Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "dominicanus"

ADULT

Lateral view of an adult Kelp Gull (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Point Banks, Sydney, NSW, June 2013]

Lateral view of a Kelp Gull (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[New Zealand, May 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an immature, possibly third- or fourth-year Kelp Gull (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[New Zealand, May 2014]

Lateral view of an immature, probably second-year Kelp Gull (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[New Zealand, May 2014]

Immature, probably second-year Kelp Gull in flight (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[New Zealand, May 2014]

Direct size comparison between an adult Kelp Gull, back, and a Silver Gull, front (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[New Zealand, May 2014]

Food, Diet

Dorsal view of a Kelp Gull with its catch, which looks like a mussel (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[New Zealand, May 2014]

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