Thayer's Gull (thayeri)

(last update: January 22, 2013)

Amar Ayyash (USA)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Thayer's Gull 1st cycle, November 08 2009, Superior Entry, Duluth, MN. Picture: Erik Bruhnke.

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Thayer's Gulls tend to be more round-headed than Herring Gulls, and tend to have a more slender-profiled bill. The overall frosty-ness of the Thayer's Gull can be seen in this shot. The primary tips aren't extremely dark (just slightly darker than the birds' backside), and the tertials (feathers that rest on the primaries when the bird is at rest) are also pale. On the Herring Gull on the left, note the higher contrast between the tertials & primaries, and the backside. Thayer's Gull still in complete juvenile plumage, Herring already replaced nearly all scapulars (except for rear feathers in lowest row).