Kelp Gull

The African subspecies L. d. vetula is sometimes split as the Cape Gull, L. vetula. It has a more angular head and a smaller shorter bill. The adult has a dark eye, whereas the nominate Kelp Gull usually has a pale eye. Young Cape Gulls have almost identical plumage to similarly aged Kelp Gulls.

The Kelp Gull is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

though, so perhaps it’s wisest to stick with Kelp Gull for the time being… According to “Kelp Gulls breed in Namibia and South Africa; there are large colonies between Cape Cross and the islands in Algoa Bay, with occasional nests recorded as far north as Cape Fria and as far east as the Great Fish River. Along the west coast, nonbreeding birds occur north to Luanda, Angola, and along the east coast as far as the Limpopo River mouth in Mozambique. More

The yelping 'yo-yo-yo-yo' call of the Kelp Gull is used in many films with coastal or marine scenes. Facts and figures Research Species: No Minimum size: 49 cm Maximum size: 62 cm Average size: 57 cm Average weight: 940 g Breeding season: September to December. Clutch size: Two to three. More

The Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), also known as the Dominican Gull, breeds on coasts and islands through much of the southern hemisphere. The race L. d. vetula occurs around southern Africa, and nominate L. d. dominicanus is the subspecies found around South America, parts of Australia (where it overlaps with Pacific Gull), and New Zealand (where it is known as the Southern Black-backed Gull or by its Māori name Karoro). The specific name comes from the Dominican order of friars who wore black and white habits. More

Kelp Gull: Molting Juvenile Default description Kelp Gull: Molting Juvenile Kelp Gull: Winter Adult Default description Kelp Gull: Winter Adult Kelp Gull: Adult Default description Kelp Gull: Adult Kelp Gull: 2nd Summer Default description Kelp Gull: 2nd Summer Related Birds Lesser Black-backed Gull Great Black-backed Gull General Kelp Gull: Large and stocky gull with white head, underparts, and tail. More

Physical description & related species: Kelp gull have a white head, neck, underbody, rump and tail. The saddle and upperwing is slate-black with a white leading edge. The wingspan is 106-142 cm. The yellow bill has a rounded red subterminal spot at the gonys. Distribution & Abundance - Distribution: Kelp gull are broadly distributed in the subantarctic to subtropical regions, where sea surface temperatures range from 0° to 23° C. More

* The Kelp Gull is the only gull of the Southern Ocean. * Kelp Gulls are aggressive predators taking every opportunity to rob other birds' nests of both eggs and small chicks. Description & Characteristics: The Kelp or Dominican gull lives on the Antarctic Peninsula and at most sub-Antarctic islands, where it is resident year-round, generally in small numbers. They are also broadly distributed throughout southern Africa, Australasia and South America. More

Kelp gull in flight Kelp gull in flightPrint factsheet Facts - Also known as: Dominican gull, Southern black-backed gull French: Goéland Dominicain Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Charadriiformes Family Laridae More

In some areas the kelp gull is considered a ‘nuisance’ species, often concentrated close to cities and thought to pose a potential health threat to humans, leading to calls for its populations to be controlled. However, no kelp gull colonies are currently under any kind of management (7). It is also thought that increasing kelp gull populations could have a negative effect on other coastal wildlife, for example through increased harassment of other sea birds (7) (8). More

Aspects of the topic kelp gull are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in gull (bird)) The kelp gull (L. dominicanus) is a very wide-ranging black-backed species of the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica. The laughing gull (L. More

bird was a Kelp Gull, knowing well the possibility of a hybrid such as "chandaleur" gulls. Below is my own description of this bird (written at 7 PM, 8 NOV 2008), independent of any discussions with Ron after the initial sighting and independent of examining any reference books/sources. Overall Impression: this was a large, dark-backed gull in adult plumage. It was significantly larger than the Laughing and Franklin's Gulls in the area. More

Kelp gull in flight, Andean mountains above Ushuaia in the background, Larus dominicanus, Beagle Channel Purchase A Print Of This ImageHow to request, purchase or license this imageAdd To Light Table Sea birds (likely Western and/or Heermanns gulls) on drift kelp, open ocean, Larus occidentalis, Larus heermanni, San Diego, California Purchase A Print Of This ImageHow to request, purchase or license this imageAdd To Light Table Kelp gull in flight, Andean mountains above Ushuaia in the background. More

Kelp Gull, Larus dominicanus vetula, in flight. Kelp Gull in flight at Houtbay Harbor. The nominate race of the Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) occurs along the coasts of South America, New Zealand, Australia and many islands in the Southern Ocean. The subspecies found along the southern African coastline, L. d. vetula, is currently thought to be sufficiently different from the nominate race that it ought to be regarded as a full species. More

whereas the nominate Kelp Gull usually has a pale eye. Young Cape Gulls have almost identical plumage to similarly aged Kelp Gulls. More

Kelp Gull - Definition = Kelp Gull L. d. More

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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Laridae
Genus : Larus
Species : dominicanus
Authority : Lichtenstein, 1823