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Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Leucistic individual, Frankley Reservoir, West Midlands, September 2003


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A. R. Dean

This individual wintered in the area of Bartley and Frankley Reservoirs for around ten years.
Black areas and bare parts normal but mantle, scapulars, tertials and coverts lacking usual grey component. Thus despite predominantly white plumage this is not an albino but a leucistic individual.


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