HEERMANN’S GULL

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VOICE: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Larus-heermanni

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’). The Latin genus name ‘Larus’ means ‘gull’.

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SIMILAR SPECIES: Parasitic Jaeger, Pomarine Jaeger

REFERENCES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heermann%27s_gull

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Heermanns_Gull/id

Heermann's Gulls - CA - Sept. 22, 2016 - photo by Roberta Palmer
Heermann’s Gulls non-breeding adults – CA – Sept. 22, 2016 – © Roberta Palmer
Heermann's Gulls non-breeding adults, Western Gulls - Carmel by-the-Sea, CA - Sept. 25, 2016 - © Roberta Palmer
Heermann’s Gulls non-breeding adults, Western Gulls – Carmel by-the-Sea, CA – Sept. 25, 2016 – © Roberta Palmer

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