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Slender-billed Gull

(Chroicocephalus genei)
German name(s): "Dünnschnabelmöwe"
Size: 37-42 cm; wing span 90-102 cm


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Slender-billed Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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More (and better) photos of Slender-billed Gulls in various plumages were taken by us in Oman.


Sex unknown


Lateral view of a Slender-billed Gull in breeding plumage - note the typical grey-and-white body plumage of an adult white-headed gull, combined with the characteristic black bill; on the left a Greater Flamingo (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[RN Sapal Castro Marim e VRSA-salinas Cerro do Bufo, Castro Marim, Faro, Portugal, October 2019]

Lateral view of Slender-billed Gulls in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Food, Diet

Like all gulls, Slender-billed Gulls are opportunistic. They will feed on anything from carrion and discarded entrails to fish, chicks of other bird species and eggs; they also scrape mud or sand in search of prey and will take insects in flight.

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