Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis
(last update: October 08 2013)
Larus michahellis - 4CY / sub-adult November
This website deals with the Yellow-legged Gull taxon michahellis, which is a common migrant from July to December in NW Europe. After extensive expansion of the breeding population during the last three decades, it nowadays can be found breeding in Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain in mixed couples with both Herring Gull (argenteus) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsii). There are subtle differences between the populations from the Mediterranean, Atlantic coast of Portugal and Morocco and from the islands in the Atlantic. Most pronounced differences can be found in the taxon atlantis, now regarded as full species by some authors and birds along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian peninsular: lusitanius. Both atlantis and lusitanius are treated in their own sections on this website.
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis sub-adult 314A November 25 2003, Sète, S France (43°24'N - 03°42'E). Photo R. Altenburg.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 4CY 762A November 27 2003, Port-la-Nouvelle, S France (43°00'N - 3°04'E). Photo R. Altenburg.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis sub-adult 543C November 25 2003, Sète, S France. Photo R. Altenburg.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis sub-adult N5U4 November 23 2003, Rosas, NE Spain. Photo R. Altenburg.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 4CY S5Z2 November 02 2012, Chioggia, Venezia, Italy (45.13 N 12.17 E). Picture: E. Steval.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 4CY HES M025189 November 02-04 2014, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Picture: Frank vd Meer & Herman Bouman.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis sub-adult, November 24-26 2006, Etaples / Boulogne-sur-Mer, NW France.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis sub-adult, November 27 2003, Port la Nouvelle, S France.|
|Yellow-legged Gull michahellis sub-adult, November 08 2007, Chevroux, Switzerland. Picture: Stephane Aubry.|
Gull michahellis 4CY, November 13 2009, Westkapelle, the Netherlands.