glaucoides - kumlieni
(last update: January 26, 2012)
Iceland Gull (glaucoides) 3cy, March 01 2010, Njardvik, SW Iceland. Picture: Hans Larsson.
Age 3cy: showing bi-coloured bill with pale base, pale (amber-yellow) iris, some grey scapulars, dark barring on most of the coverts and tertials.
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Slighly darker bird with some faint brown-buffish vermiculation on primaries, still, outer primaries about the palest area in this bird.
Note: Hans Larsson presents many images on this site, all birds photographed late February - early March in Iceland. Identification on sub-species level is tentative in these birds, as both Canadian kumlieni and nominate glaucoides (bulk of the birds of course) may be expected late winter. On location, most birds will belong to pale glaucoides, (and most are readily identified as such, showing very pale to white plumage), but in the spectrum, the exact line between dark glaucoides and pale kumlieni is still subject of debate and birds in this overlapping zone may probably best left unidentified at time present.