Monday, 14 May 2018

Audouin's Gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii)

OTHER NAMES: N/A
Alternate Latin Name: Larus audouinii
Latin Etymology: Ichthyaetus ("fish eagle") audouinii (named for naturalist Jean Victoire Audouin)
Adult Audouin's Gull (Ichthyaetus audouiniiat Capo Murro di Porco, Sicily, Italy - May 2018

Local Name (Italian): Gabbiano Corso ("Tide Gull")
Weight: 770g
Length: 44-52cm
Wingspan: 117-128cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A large graceful gull found mainly in the Mediterranean. It is unique among large European gull species for having a red bill and also has an unusual soft edges to the grey sections.  It is also notably a notable success story in terms of recovering from 1000 pairs in 1975 to over 21000 currently, along with colonising new places.  However, it still remains vulnerable in that 67% of the World's population breeds at only a single site - the Ebro Delta in Spain, which makes in vulnerable should something happen there.

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Ichthyaetus or Larus
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
ITALY - A rare breeder
 - SICILY 2018 TRIP - Seen from Capo Murro di Porco 

Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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