Larus cachinnans   Pallas,  1811 (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae

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Description
Size: 55-65 cm.

Voice: Loud harsh kee-ow, kee-ow, etc.

Habits: Often scavenges for fish waste and refuse in harbours, also wades in mudflats for feeding on Invertebrates, communal roosting on rocks.

Sexes alike, a large gull with long, dull yellow legs, yellow bill with red spot on lower mandible. Adult: Similar to Heuglin's Gull in size and structure, but larger than Mew Gull and nearer to Pallas's Gull. Non-Breeding (winter): With fine streaks on head, may form faint mask around eyes that is usually retained longer on hind neck (prominent in early winter). Bill and legs duller or pinkish, former oftern with blackish sub-terminal band. Breeding (summer): Upperparts grey, slightly paler than Pallas's, outer 6-8 primaries black with white tips, the black decreases inwards giving a 'shutter' effect, outer primary with single large white 'mirror' head, underparts and tail white, bill yellow with red gonys spot, legs usually yellow, occasionally pink.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Yellow-legged Gull (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous (fish waste, molluscs, crabs, also steals eggs and chicks from terns).
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• INDIA
• PAKISTAN
• BANGLADESH
• SRI LANKA
• MALDIVES

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • 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 - http://www.pbase.com/

Page last updated on:2013-02-11

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