Larus hemprichii   Bruch,  1853 (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 45 cm.

Voice: Silent.

Habits: Gregarious, scavenger, follows fishing boats for fish offal and leftovers, also snatches food from smaller gulls and terns in flight. Breeds in colonies in W Pakistan along Sind and Makran coast from end of June to end August.

Sexes alike. Medium sized sea gull with brown head and breast, and white collar. Adult: Head, nape and throat sooty brown, bill yellowish with black terminal band and red tip, eyebrow white and short , collar white, mantle greyish brown, wing quills blackish brown, abdomen, tail-covers and tail white. Juvenile: Head and breast pale brown, tail brownish mottled with white and black-brown band, bill pale grey with black tip.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Sooty Gull (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Invariably dead fish and offal also preys on eggs and chicks of terns.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -

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