1138. Larus saundersi

1138. Saunders’s Gull.
LARUS SAUNDERSI.
Larus saundersi (Swinhoe), P.Z.S. 1871, pp. 273, 421, pl. xxii. ; (David and Oust.), Ois. Chine, p. 522 ; (Tacz.), F. O. Sib. O. p. 1045 : Saun¬ders, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 183 ; Gavia kittlitzii, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1860, p. 68 (nec. Bruch) ; L. schimperi, Schlegel (nec. Bruch), Mus. Pays-Bas, Lari, p. 40 (1863).
Male ad. (China). Differs from L. ridibundus in being smaller, in having the hood bluish black, the mantle rather darker, the inner secondaries chiefly grey, the rest white ; 1st primary white, with a mere hair line of black on the basal half of the outer web, and a marginal black band on the inner web ; the 2nd white exteriorly, black on the inner web to the sub¬apex ; 3rd similar but with more black, which extends subapically over the outer web ; 4th grey basally, barred and margined with black, and broadly tipped with white ; 5th the black restricted to the inner web ; 6th and upwards grey, with paler tips and inner borders ; bill short and stout, black ; inside of month vermilion ; legs tile-red, claws black ; iris black ; edge of eyelids black. Culmen 1.4, wing 11.0, tail 4.4, tarsus 1.6 inch. In winter the head is white with little dark grey on the occiput.
Hab. Eastern Siberia (Sidemi) ; Mongolia, China, Corea, and Japan in winter.
Resembles L. ridibundus in its general habits and food, and frequents inland waters and rivers as much if not more than the sea coasts. Nothing is as yet known respecting its nidification.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1138. Larus saundersi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1138
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
827
Common name: 
Saunders’s Gull
M_ID: 
4497
M_CN: 
Saunders's Gull
M_SN: 
Chroicocephalus saundersi
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10757

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