Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis

(last update: October 08 2013)

Delfín González
Gabriel Martín
Antonio Gutierrez
Amir Ben Dov
Mars Muusse

Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 1CY & 3CY CC 9273 September 01 2006, IJmuiden & November 15 2008, Westkapelle, the Netherlands.

Ringed michahellis from Italy Ozzano CC-9273: ringed as pullus on May 09 2006 at Strada Statale 530, Portovenere, La Spezia, Ligury, Italy.

below: Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 1CY CC 9273 September 01 2006, IJmuiden, the Netherlands.

Large individual, probably male. Many scapulars replaced.

image below: 1CY Herring Gull, 1CY Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1CY Yellow-legged Gull. 

below: Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 3CY CC 9273 November 15 2008, Westkapelle, the Netherlands. Picture: Ies Muelmeester.

All primaries are fully grown with a clear mirror on p10. Note the red spot on the gonys and the coral red orbital ring, the dark head streaking on crown, nape, hind neck and ear-coverts and the immature patterns in the tertials, secondaries and upper wing-coverts. The tail is nearly complete white, with a few dark markings in the inner rectrices.