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Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

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1cy Med Gull, WMids, August 2014

1cy Med Gull, WMids, August 2014

A. R. Dean

A first calendar-year Mediterranean Gull just starting moult from juvenile into first-winter plumage (note fresh pale grey upper scapulars). In second-winter and subsequent plumages, confusion is most likely between Mediterranean Gull and Black-headed Gull. However, in juvenile, first-winter and first-summer plumages Med Gull is superficially closest to same-age Common Gull, especially in flight. In the images above, note the following specific characters:

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