Heuglin’s Gull

Heuglin's Gull

Heuglin’s Gull or Siberian Gull (Larus heuglini) is a seabird in the genus Larus. It is closely related to the Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) and is often classified as a subspecies of it. It has also been included within the Herring Gull (Larus argentatus).
Birds in the eastern part of Heuglin’s Gull’s range are often paler grey above and are frequently considered to be a separate subspecies Larus heuglini taimyrensis (Taimyr Gull). Another possibility is that they are a result of hybridization between Heuglin’s Gulls and Vega Gulls.
Heuglin’s Gulls breed in the tundra of northern Russia from the Kola Peninsula east to the Taymyr Peninsula. They are regularly reported from Finland and may breed there. They migrate south to winter in Southwest, South, East Asia, and East Africa. Small numbers are seen in Southeast Asia, it has been recorded in South Africa and it may occur as a vagrant in Western Europe.[wiki]

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