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 2CY, April 19 2002, Etaples, NW France (50.42N,1.34E).

An example of 2CY michahellis with all the wing-coverts still juvenile. In the scapulars, a few feathers are missing and indicate that the complete moult started, but still there are no third generation upper scapulars. This is an iluustrative representative of the "slowest moulting" of 2CY michahellis. All 2CY michahellis present at Etaples in April 2002 had moulted the scapulars to second generation feathers. Note the neck-collar, running down along the side-breast.