Albert de Jong
Larus (vegae) birulai adult, December 15 2013, Kanto, Japan. Picture: Strix Japan.
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Vega Gull with late moult, P7 fully grown and P10 still old by mid December, streaked head and dark iris. Birds with vivid yellow legs are considered Birula Gulls. Birula Gull L. vegae birulai inhabit the region from western Yakutia and east to Kolyma delta, while Vega Gull L. vegae breed from east of Kolyma river to Chukchi peninsula.