Slaty-backed Gull (schistisagus) / オオセグロカモメ / 큰재갈매기

(last update: December 2015)

Kim Seog-min (South Korea)
Hideo Shimura (Japan)
Peter Adriaens (Belgium)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Slaty-backed Gull (schistisagus) 1st cycle (2CY), January 17 2012, Choshi, Japan. Picture: Michiaki Ujihara.

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Still completely juvenile plumage (bird from northern latitudes?). A fresh and dark individual recalling American Herring Gull. But note the short-winged, stubby overall structure and pale fringes to the primary tips.