Larus cachinnans

(last update: February 16, 2013)

Greg Neubauer
Marcin Przymencki
Albert de Jong
Mars Muusse


cachinnans plumages

Larus cachinnans sub-adult, December 02 2008, Dambovita canal, Bucharest. Picture: Cristian Mihai.

Except for the immature looking bill, no visible red gonys spot. Large dark subterminal mark and even some dark marking on upper mandible towards base of bill, this could well be an adult female. Its large looking head and large pale eye are reminscent of YLG but when looking at its large P9 mirror, all white P10 tip, very long wings (well, in males wings are generally longer, also in michahellis) and flesh coloured legs - its identity as cachinnans should be without doubt.