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, November 22 2003, Rosas, NE Spain.

An individual which clearly replaced upper tertials and wing-coverts in the post-juvenile moult. All scapulars have been replaced for second generation feathers, including the rear lower scapulars, the ones covering the scapular coverts. In the upper scapulars, a subsequent moult to third generation feathers has started, with new third generation feathers again second generation-like, but with the centre more buffish coloured.

The partial autumn moult included the upper tertials, the innermost greater coverts, most of the visible inner median coverts and lower lesser coverts and many lesser coverts.

The bill turns paler at the base.