Bird Pictures Archive

Record details

   [ Record 29 of 553 ]   
BirdPix:   9445
Province:   Eastern Cape
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   3424BB
Observer:   Elstadt Cobus
Date of record:   2007-02-17
Number of photos:   1
Notes:   If it wasn't for the dark legs I would have guessed a non-breeding Black-headed Gull hence the Black-legged Kittiwake which is described as "... a rare summer vagrant...".
Last updated:   2020-12-03 11:24:41
Sp. code:   288
Species name:   Larus cirrocephalus
Common name:   Grey-headed Gull -- Gryskopmeeu
Family:   Laridae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   Black-headed Gull or Black-legged Kittiwake
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:
Links:   • Locus: Summary | Records       • Species: Records | Distribution map
VM-number: 9445 - photo: 1

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Lisl van Deventer
Comment:   Feedback from Trevor Hardaker on 15 August 2017: the bird in the photo is an immature Grey-headed Gull. You can still see some of the juvenile feathers on the back of this bird. There is no indication of the white outer primaries in the folded wing as one would expect to see in a Black-headed Gull
Date:   2017-08-16 09:47:16
Species name:   Larus cirrocephalus -- Grey-headed Gull; Gryskopmeeu
Species code:   288

[ Page served: April 19, 2024, 06:57 +0200]

The Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI)
The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
Department of Biological Sciences - University of Cape Town
This work, except photographs, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Copyright of images uploaded into the Virtual Museum remains with the photographers.

The Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI)          The Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI)          The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology          UCT