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Yellow-legged Gull

(Larus michahellis)
German name(s): "Mittelmeermöwe"
Size: 52-58 cm; wing span: 1.2-1.55 m
Weight: 0.55-1.6 kg

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Yellow-legged Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "michahellis"

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Close-up frontal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Split, Croatia, September 2019]

Close-up near-lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage in shady conditions (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Split, Croatia, September 2019]

Close-up lateral portrait of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage; note the all-white head (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Near Texel, Netherlands, April 2014]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Near Texel, Netherlands, April 2014]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage in shady conditions (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Split, Croatia, September 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Germany, April 2016]

Dorsal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Germany, April 2016]

Lateral portrait of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage with a peculiar brownish tinge (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2018]

Lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage with a peculiar brownish tinge (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2018]

Yellow-legged Gulls in breeding plumage in shallow water (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-lateral view of Yellow-legged Gulls in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, western Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Dorsal view of Yellow-legged Gulls in breeding plumage departing (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Cala Gonone, eastern Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Lisbon, Portugal, November 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in non-breeding plumage, right, with another in full breeding plumage on the left that has a peculiar brownish tinge on its front (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Split, Croatia, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in non-breeding plumage, left, with another in full breeding plumage on the right that has a peculiar brownish tinge on its front (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Lisbon, Portugal, November 2019]

Lateral view of a first-year(?) Yellow-legged Gull; this bird was identified by association with the adult shown above
(photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Germany, April 2016]

Lateral view of a first-year(?) Yellow-legged Gull (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Noordwijk, Netherlands, November 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a first-year(?) Yellow-legged Gull (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Noordwijk, Netherlands, November 2016]

Race "atlantis"

ADULT

Sex unknown

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage; on the right, for comparison, a Great Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa de Caparica, Portugal, June 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Yellow-legged Gull in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Yellow-legged Gull in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Full-frontal view of a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Isla Lobos, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Near-frontal view of a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Isla Lobos, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Lateral view of a second-winter Yellow-legged Gull (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Isla Lobos, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Behaviour

Yellow-legged Gulls are in the habit of swimming with the tail and wings high up, often held higher than the head (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

Food, Diet

Yellow-legged Gull with its prey, a fish it has just caught (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lanzarote, Canary Islands, March 2017]

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