Larus cachinnans

(last update: February 16, 2013)

Greg Neubauer
Marcin Przymencki
Albert de Jong
Mars Muusse


cachinnans plumages

Larus cachinnans 2CY-3CY PKAK January 06 2012 & July 08 2013, Schinna & Minden, Germany. Picture: Armin Deutsch.

Yellow PKAK and metal PLG DN-27645; ringed as pullus on May 26 2011 at Kozielno, Paczkow, S-SW Poland, (50°29' N,  16°58' E).

PKAK 26-5-2011 ZB. Kozielno, Paczkow pull 50°29' N 16°58' E
PKAK 6-1-2012 Deponie Pohlsche Heide 2cy 52°23' N 08°46' E
PKAK 8-7-2013 Schinna Baggersee östlich 3cy 52°32'05"  09°05'52"

In this area are mixed breeding colonies (near Katowice), with far most birds breeding here are cachinnans, but in this area also records of very few michahellis from the south (e.g. ringed female from Italy) and argentatus from eastern Germany are possible (see PDF).

PKAK is classic cachinnans.

below: cachinnans 2CY PKAK January 06 2012, Deponie Pohlsche Heide - Minden, Germany (52°23'05N, 08°46'45E). Picture: Armin Deutsch.

First image: together with two 1st winter Herring Gulls. Last acquired lower scapulars are almost completely greyish, just with a dark shaft streak.

below: cachinnans 3CY PKAK July 08 2013, Schinna, Germany (52°32'05N, 09°05'52E). Picture: Armin Deutsch.

Moulting in very adult-like grey plumage.