Thayer's Gull (thayeri)

(last update: January 22, 2013)

Amar Ayyash (USA)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Thayer's Gull 1st cycle (2CY), February 15 2014, North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, IL. Picture: Maarten van Kleinwee.

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  • Uniformly coloured, pale-brown plumage (including chest and head) with little contrast (paler than a European Herring Gull but darker than an Iceland Gull or Glaucous Gull of the same age)
  • Dark-brown outer primaries with light crescent tips
  • Juvenile scapulars
  • All-black bill
  • Almost fully dark tail
  • Pale window on inner primaries
  • Heavy, dense barring on uppertail and undertail coverts

Note the broken tips of primaries P9 and P10 in the right wing and the light spots on the central tail feathers.