Larus cachinnans

(last update: February 16, 2013)

Coordinator:
Peter Adriaens (Belgium)
Ies Meulmeester (Netherlands)

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Larus cachinnans hybrid 6CY female PLG DN-xxx January 21 2010, Pohlsche Heide, Germany. Picture: Armin Deutsch.

6CY hybrid Caspian x Herring Gull, Pohlsche Heide, Germany, January 21 2010. Mother known as Herring and father as Caspian; ringed as a chick in central Poland on May 14 2005. This hybrid is strikingly Caspian-like, particularly the elegant structure and slim bill, pure white head, and P10 with less black than white and a virtually pure white tip. However, the P10 tongue was grey and the eyes pale and unspotted. Its overall score was 9, and most UK birders would probably identify this bird as a Caspian Gull.