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10

Silver Gull

(Chroicocephalus [Larus] novaehollandiae)
Alternate name(s): "Red-legged Gull", "Red-billed Gull", "Crimson-billed Gull", "Jameson Gull", "Mackarel Gull", "Seagull"; misnomer: "Sea-pigeon"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "novaehollandiae": "manggiwarraywarraymal" [yuwaalaraay]; "djidjinook", "djiranger" (WA); "kalliwarra", "koonya", "tarooki"

Size: 38-42 cm; wing span 95 cm (average)
Weight: 220-355 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Silver Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "novaehollandiae"

ADULT

Close-up lateral portrait of an adult Silver Gull
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Frontal view of a Silver Gull
[Goran Lake, NSW, May 2012]

Close-up lateral view of a Silver Gull (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, October 2012]

Lateral view of a Silver Gull
[Iluka Bluff, Bundjalung NP, NSW, May 2014]

Lateral view of two Silver Gulls standing in shallow water
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2011]

Near-dorsal view of a Silver Gull
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a Silver Gull
[Iluka Bluff, Bundjalung NP, NSW, May 2014]

Resting adult Silver Gull
[Myall Lakes NP, NSW, June 2009]

Frontal view of a preening Silver Gull
[Sydney, NSW, April 2006]

"Am I wearing the right shoes for tonight's fancy dress ball?"
[Myall Lakes NP, NSW, June 2009]

Close-up frontal view of a Silver Gull in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, May 2012]

Near-lateral view of a Silver Gull in flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, April 2012]

Lateral view of a Silver Gull in flight
[Iluka Bluff, Bundjalung NP, NSW, May 2014]

Lateral view of a Silver Gull in flight looking at the photographer
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of three Silver Gulls
[Goran Lake, NSW, August 2011]

Silver Gull displaying its characteristic wing pattern during landing
[Near Walgett, NSW, April 2009]

Flock of Silver Gulls taking off
[Goran Lake, NSW, May 2012]

Often squabbles break out between Silver Gulls about who has stolen the food of others
[Goran Lake, NSW, May 2012]

Direct size comparison between a Pacific Gull, right, and a Silver Gull, left (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Immature Silver Gull on water
[Iluka Bluff, Bundjalung NP, NSW, May 2014]

Lateral view of a young Silver Gull that is just moulting into its adult plumage (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Close-up lateral view of an immature Silver Gull on a beach (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Lateral view of an immature Silver Gull
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral view of an immature Silver Gull (photo courtesy of C. Kellenberg)

Direct comparison of the plumages of an adult Silver Gull (left) with two immature birds (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Immature Silver Gull in flight
[Near Walgett, NSW, April 2009]

Behaviour

Silver Gulls are the only species of gulls in Australia that will venture inland, away from the coast.

Food, Diet

There is a separate page on how a Silver Gull rinses a fish before eating it.

Like all gulls, Silver Gulls are opportunistic. They will feed on anything from carrion and discarded entrails to fish, chicks of other bird species and eggs. They are often found around fish markets, fishermen and fishing boats, knowing there will be scraps to scavenge.

Two sub-adult Silver Gulls arguing about how will get first bit at an Estuary Cobbler (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

This Silver Gull has found something unidentifiable
[Goran Lake, NSW, April 2012]

Because the competition also wants it, the safest thing to do is to carry it away
[Goran Lake, NSW, April 2012]

This immature bird has found the leftovers of somebody else's meal
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Juvenile Silver Gull acquiring the art of scavenging food from humans (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Tweed River, Tweed Heads, NSW, December 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

slvgull_20140819.mp3 novaehollandiae
(Top End, NT)
Contact call (long) © MD
slvgull_20140526_6.mp3 novaehollandiae
(N NSW)
Contact call (short) © MD
slvgull_20150327.mp3 novaehollandiae
(NE NSW)
Begging calls (juvenile) © MD
slvgull_20140526_7.mp3 novaehollandiae
(N NSW)
Various © MD
slvgull_20140526_8.mp3 novaehollandiae
(N NSW)
? © MD

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