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Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus

First-summer, Warks, April 2005


First-summer Little Gull, Warks, April 2005

First-summer Little Gull, Warks, April 2005

S. Seal

A first-summer Little Gull. In this species, the moult to first-summer plumage includes the tail-feathers. A broken tail-band can result from a combination of new and unmoulted feathers but also new feathers may vary in pattern. At this age the underwing remains pale but will become at first patchy and then adult-like during the next moult into 2W plumage.

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