BLACK-BILLED GULL

BLACK-BILLED GULL (Chroicocephalus buller)

NAME: The English name ‘Gull’ would have its origins in Old Celtic ‘Gullan’ and other languages, including Latin ‘gula’ for throat. As per Choate this would be related to the gull’s ‘indiscriminate’ scavenging habits, its ‘willingness to swallow almost anything’ (think ‘gullible’).

Black-billed gulls were seen in Christchurch and Kaikoura on the South Island. They are only found in New Zealand and are now listed as ‘endangered’. In terms of size the black-billed gull is a small member of its family. It has a black bill and black legs.

Black-billed gull. Note the eye color, which is all black. Christchurch Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Black-billed gull. Note the eye color, which is all black. Christchurch Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Black-billed gull ringed on both legs - Christchurch Botanic Garden - NZ
Black-billed gull ringed on both legs – Christchurch Botanic Garden – NZ
Black-billed gull. The legs too are black. Christchurch Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Black-billed gull. The legs too are black. Christchurch Botanic Garden, New Zealand.
Black-billed & red-billed gull colony rock - Kaikoura, NZ
Black-billed & red-billed gull colony rock – Kaikoura, NZ
Black-billed gull ringed on both legs, rings are different colors - Christchurch Botanic Garden, NZ
Black-billed gull ringed on both legs, rings are different colors – Christchurch Botanic Garden, NZ
Black-billed & red-billed gull colonies - Kaikoura, NZ
Black-billed & red-billed gull colonies – Kaikoura, NZ

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