Yellow-legged Gull - Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 3cy November

(last update: 08 april 2004)

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This website deals with the Yellow-legged Gull taxon michahellis, which is a common migrant from July to December in NW Europe. After extensive expansion of the breeding population during the last three decades, it nowadays can be found breeding in Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain in mixed couples with both Herring Gull (argenteus) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsii). There are subtle differences between the populations from the Mediterranean, Atlantic coast of Portugal and Morocco and from the islands in the Atlantic. Most pronounced differences can be found in the taxon atlantis, now regarded as full species by some authors.

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3cy michahellis in November, ringed in Spain. (73569 bytes)Photo 0314: L. michahellis NT83 3cy, November 23 2003, Rosas, NE Spain.
YLG (L. michahellis) 2cy, November 24-26 2006, Etaples / Boulogne-sur-Mer, NW France.
3cy michahellis in November. (79597 bytes)Photo 0396: L. michahellis 3cy, November 24 2003, SÚte, S France.
3cy michahellis in November. (37147 bytes)Photo 7611: L. michahellis 3cy, November 12 2001, Westkapelle, the Netherlands. A 3cy with three brown greater coverts and small tips on the primaries. The black bill-band runs back to the base along the culmen.