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 July 14 2002, Dintelhaven - Maasvlakte, the Netherlands.

Compare the Yellow-legged with the Herring Gull in front. Both birds are in complete juvenile plumage. The Yellow-legged Gull is rather pale with much wear in the fringed of scapulars and wing-coverts, especially the central coverts and the scapulars. Many argenteus and graellsii still have the outer primaries slightly short of length with p8 or p9 the longest primary. Note the pale shins and two upper lower upper scapulars are missing. In flight, this bird showed the general characteristics of a michahellis tail pattern (wedge-shaped) and pale inner-webs of the inner primaries.