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Slender-billed Gull

(Chroicocephalus genei)
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

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Sex unknown


Colony of Slender-billed Gulls with various plumages - some birds have black bills (breeding adult); others have dark-red bills (non-breeding adult) and yet others have pinkish-red bills and small grey spots behind their ears (immature); click on image for full field-of-view
[Al Qurm, December 2009]

A very distant photo of a Slender-billed Gull in breeding plumage was obtained in Europe.


Adult Slender-billed Gull in non-breeding plumage in flight; note the dark-red bill and the bright-red legs and feet
[Al Qurm, December 2009]

Adult Slender-billed Gull in non-breeding plumage in flight
[Al Qurm, December 2009]


Frontal view of an immature, probably first-winter Slender-billed Gull; note the pink bill
[Al Qurm, December 2009]

Lateral view of the same immature, Slender-billed Gull as above; here one can see the small black tip of the bill
[Al Qurm, December 2009]

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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