Herring Gull- Zilvermeeuw (argentatus & argenteus)

(last update: December 15, 2011 )

Herring Gull - 3cy September

Introduction

This website deals with the Herring Gulls of the taxa argentatus and argenteus. Argenteus is an abundant breeding species on Iceland, Britain, NW France, Belgium, the Netherlands and N Germany. The taxon argentatus breeds in NE Europe, from Denmark, the coast of the Baltic Sea, Scandinavia and coast of the White Sea. In the centre of the breeding range (Denmark and the NW German coast), birds show intermediate characteristics, indicating there is a cline in argenteus-argentatus. Argenteus in Western Europe is pale-backed, slightly smaller and with relatively much black in the wing-tip; argentatus in the NE Europe is larger, slightly darker on upper-parts and show less black in the wing-tip.
Due to the large breeding range, there is much intra-specific variation in argentatus, with most large, powerful birds in the northern populations, showing the most darkest upper-parts, longest wing and most white in the outer-wing. In this region, some populations may hold substantial number of yellow-legged argentatus. (referred to as "Finnmark yellow-legged argentatus"). In adult plumage, the black sub-terminal spot on P5 is often lacking or strongly reduced to a diffuse streak, broken at the centre. Sometimes P6 lacks black as well. 
In the Baltic region, other yellow-legged argentatus populations occur ("Baltic yellow-legged argentatus"), with adults showing even brighter yellow legs in summer and the upper-parts only slightly darker than West European argenteus, still much paler than Yellow-legged Gull (michahellis). Those Baltic argentatus often show a black sub-terminal spot on P5 in adult plumage.
On these web-pages, we largely follow P.J. Grant: "Gulls, a guide to identification" and E.K Barth's publication as Contribution No. 86, Zoological Museum, University of Oslo: "The circumpolar systematics of Larus argentatus and Larus fuscus with special reference to the Norwegian populations".


September 2004, Herring Gull in Scheveningen harbour.

rings argenteus: U.K.
adult argenteus in October, ringed in the Netherlands. (79042 bytes)Herring Gull AD9.T 2cy (argenteus), September 15-21 2010, Westkapelle, the Netherlands. Also as 2cy.
2cy argenteus in March, ringed in France. (57822 bytes)Herring Gull A5AB, 3cy (argenteus), September 23 2009, Boulogne/Mer, France (50.42N,1.34E). Picture: J-M Sauvage.
2cy argenteus in March, ringed in France. (57822 bytes)Herring Gull A5UW, 3cy (argenteus), September 28 2010, Boulogne/Mer, France (50.42N,1.34E). Picture: J-M Sauvage.
rings argenteus: France
2cy argenteus in March, ringed in France. (57822 bytes)Herring Gull M3A, 3cy (argenteus), September 22 2009, Boulogne/Mer, France (50.42N,1.34E). Picture: J-M Sauvage.
rings argenteus: Belgium
1cy argenteus in November, ringed in Belgium. (25637 bytes)Herring Gull CLAR 3cy (argenteus), September 06 2010, Westkapelle, the Netherlands. Also as 2cy.
1cy argenteus in November, ringed in Belgium. (25637 bytes)Herring Gull CSAR 3cy (argenteus), September 19 2009, Westkapelle, the Netherlands. Also as 2cy.
ad LBBG in winter, ringed in the Netherlands. (65647 bytes)Herring Gull (argenteus) 3cy PCAL September 18 2012, Boulogne-sur-Mer, NW France. Picture: Jean-Michel Sauvage.
2cy argenteus in March, ringed in France. (57822 bytes)Herring Gull (argenteus) 1CY & 3CY YDAC December 01 2012 & September 27 2014, Calais, NW France. Picture: Jean-Michel Sauvage.
adult argenteus in October, ringed in Belgium. (60142 bytes)Herring Gull H-161237 2cy (argenteus), August & Sept 2010 & Sept 2011, Westkapelle, the Netherlands.
rings argenteus: the Netherlands
adult argenteus in October, ringed in the Netherlands. (79042 bytes)Herring Gull 2G 3cy (argenteus), September 20 2009, Westkapelle, Netherlands. Picture: M v Kleinwee.
2cy argenteus in October, ringed in the Netherlands. (78696 bytes)Herring Gull PCLZ 3cy (argenteus), September - October 2009, Westkapelle, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September, ringed in the Netherlands. (84093 bytes)Herring Gull 5.335.124 3cy (argenteus), September 24 2002, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September, ringed in the Netherlands. (83725 bytes)Herring Gull 5.412.501 3cy (argenteus), September 18 2004, IJmuiden, the Netherlands (52.27N 04.33E). 
3cy argenteus in September, ringed in the Netherlands. (83725 bytes)Herring Gull x.xx6.470 3cy (argenteus), September 23 2011, Westkapelle, the Netherlands. 
rings argentatus: Helgoland / Germany
3cy argentatus in September, ringed in Germany. (83415 bytes)Herring Gull 4272754 3cy (argentatus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
rings argentatus: Norway
3cy argenteus in September, ringed in the Netherlands. (83725 bytes)Herring Gull J0327 3cy (argentatus), September 09 2010, IJmuiden, the Netherlands (52.27N 04.33E). 
rings argentatus: Finland
Herring Gull (argentatus) C1X6 1CY & 3CY, September-November 2005 & September 2007, Tampere, Finland (61.31N,23.43E).
rings argentatus: Russia
2cy argenteus in March, ringed in France. (57822 bytes)Herring Gull KY61, 3cy (argentatus), September 15 2010, Westkapelle, the Netherlands.
unringed 3cy Herring Gulls
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy,September 12 2012, IJmuiden, the Netherlands.
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy,September 12 2012, IJmuiden, the Netherlands.
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy, September 11 2012, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy, September 25 2012, Katwijk, the Netherlands.
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull (argenteus) 3cy/4cy, September 25 2012, Katwijk, the Netherlands.
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull (argenteus) 3cy/4cy, September 25 2012, Katwijk, the Netherlands.
sub-adult Herring Gull in September. (75836 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy, September 25 2012, Katwijk, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (84875 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy (argenteus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (85320 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy (argenteus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (80513 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy (argenteus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (69108 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy (argenteus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (84895 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy (argenteus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (68777 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy (argenteus), September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.
3cy argenteus in September. (72904 bytes)Herring Gull 3cy, September 21 2004, Scheveningen, the Netherlands.