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Common Black-headed Gull

Kingdom: Animalia    Phylum: Chordata    Class: Aves (Birds)    Order: Charadriiformes    Family: Laridae

Black-headed Gull
Common Black-headed Gull - photo © Rajiv Lather

Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) is a widespread winter visitor and passage migrant in India.   Size: 38 cm

Description: Adults in breeding plumage: Back and upper wings pearly gray; outer primaries white, tipped with black; outermost primary has a black leading edge; underside of primaries dusky; front of the head has a chocolate-brown mask or hood which extends back to the ear; there is a prominent white eye ring; remainder of plumage white, tinged with pink on the breast in spring; bill and legs red. Adults in winter: Most of the black on the hood gone, though a prominent spot remains behind the eye. Immature: Also lack the hood; upper wing mottled with brown; brown band near the tip of the tail; the bill is yellowish or flesh-colored, tipped with blackish brown; legs are yellowish flesh.

Range: This is an Old World species which breeds in northern Europe and Siberia.

Anseriformes Apodiformes Bucerotiformes Caprimulgiformes Charadriiformes Ciconiiformes Columbiformes Coraciiformes Cuculiformes
Falconiformes Galliformes Gaviiformes Gruiformes Passeriformes Pelecaniformes Phoenicopteriformes Piciformes Podicipediformes
Procellariiformes Psittaciformes Pteroclidiformes  Strigiformes  Trogoniformes Turniciformes Upupiformes

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