SOUTHERN BLACK-BACKED GULL

SOUTHERN BLACK-BACKED GULL (Larus dominicanus)

The Southern Black-Backed Gull (or kelp gull) is about 24 inches long, and adults are white with a black back. However the juveniles look very different, as can be seen below. It is a gull of the southern hemisphere. This gull is omnivorous which includes being also a scavenger. High numbers of them near landfills is not a good environmental sign. Those birds have also been observed pecking into the blubber of live whales, leaving them with large open sores.

Southern black-backed gull immatures - Paihia, NZ
Southern black-backed gull immatures – Paihia, NZ
Southern black-backed gull immature - New Plymouth, NZ
Southern black-backed gull immature – New Plymouth, NZ

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