Larus cachinnans

(last update: February 16, 2013)

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

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cachinnans plumages

Larus cachinnans 4P31 3CY, May 06 2014, Zastów Karczmiski, Poland. Picture: Łukasz Bednarz ringing team.

Location: Zastów Karczmiski, Poland - colony at the banks of the Middle Vistula river.
In 2004 240 breeding pairs (95% cachinnans, <5% argentatus). (Ornis Fennica 2011 88, 80-89) and in 2012 592 pairs (90% cachinnans, <10% hybrid / argentatus) and possibly Larus michahellis (pers comm. Łukasz Bednarz).

Middle Vistule river is a location where several taxa breed: see composition. Since this is a mixed breeding population where hybridisation is not uncommon, the ringing centre in Poland decided to label birds "Larus argentatus sensu lato". Still bulk of the breeding birds in Middle Vistula region show features of cachinnans.

Breeding bird trapped at the nest. Sub-adult, with obvious immature markings on many coverts and flight feathers, 3CY.
Dense speckling in iris. Orange-red orbital ring and gape. No red on upper mandible; black on the upper and black on the lower mandible. Pink legs with yellow hue.
2nd gen flight-feathers with small mirror on P10. P1-P2 dropped; PMS=2.