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Audouin's Gull - BirdForum Opus

Photo by IanF
Photo taken: Cala Bona, Mallorca
Ichthyaetus audouinii

Larus audouinii


Photo by john-henry
Algarve, Portugal, November 2007

44-52cm (17¼-20½ in)

  • Mainly white head and body
  • Pale grey wings
  • Black tail
  • Short stubby dark red bill with black and yellow tip
  • Wings: Black wedge on outer primaries with white tip
  • Grey-green legs
  • Dark eye

Juveniles have a brown head that fades to white over four years

Similar Species

Considerably paler wing and mantle, and shorter bill than Yellow-legged Gull. Lacks (or at least reduced) white tertiary wedge on the folded wing when compared with this and other members of the Herring Gull complex.


The Mediterranean area, wintering to Senegal.

Rare, but populations appear to be increasing.[6]


Photo by nsclayton
Sa Coma, Mallorca, July 2007

This is a monotypic species. which is sometimes placed in genus Larus.[1]


Breeds in sandy areas with low brush. Rocky sea coasts, saline marshes and reedbeds, saltpans and lakes. Pelagic.


An elegant gull


Two to three eggs are laid on a ground nest and are incubated for 21 days.


The diet consists mostly of fish snatched from the surface, or by diving; they rarely scavenge.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. ArKive
  4. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  5. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  6. BF Member observations

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