Larus cachinnans - Yellow-legged gull:

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Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Ciconiiformes / Laridae / Larus / Species

This section is currently predominantly used in Wildpro to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. Although it identifies that taxonomic interrelationships of species (see "header") it does not currently contain detailed information on the bird species itself. As Wildpro is developed, we will gradually convert these pages into full Species pages.

The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
  • Larus michahellis
  • Larus argentatus cachinnans

Note: differs from Larus argentatus - Herring gull (Species Link Page) in the colours of its soft parts, vocalisations and displays. (B19)

  • Southern Palearctic, wintering to northeastern Africa and the Persian Gulf. (B19, B89)
  • London: In the London Area, "regular migrant and winter visitor, commonest in the autumn, especially along the Thames." Seen on various reservoirs, also e.g. Rainham Marsh, Dartford Marsh, Swanscomb Marsh. (J322.65.w1)
Habitat "Seacoasts, bays, estuaries, lakes, rivers." (B19)
Further Information

(B163, B164)

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