1142. Larus audouini

1142. AUDOUIN’S GULL.
LARUS AUDOUINI.
Larus audouini, Payraudeau, Ann. Sc. Nat. viii. p. 462 (1826) ; Gould, B. of E. v. pl. 438 ; Dresser, viii. p. 395, pl. 601, fig. 1 ; Saunders, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 271.
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Male ad. (Toro). Head, tail, and entire under parts white ; mantle and rump pearl-grey, the lower hind neck rather paler ; first two primaries black, with a large white spot near the tip of the inner web, the rest pearl-grey, black towards the tip, and tipped with white ; under parts with a faint rose tinge in the freshly killed bird ; bill coral-red with a black band in front of the angle, the tip yellow ; legs olive-green ; iris hazel ; edge of the eyelids coral-red. Culmen 2.35, wing 15.7, tail 6.5, tarsus 2.4 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. The western Mediterranean islands, rarer on the coasts of the mainland, occurring as far west as the Straits of Gibraltar, and sometimes as far east as the Greek Archipelago.
In habits it appears to resemble the Herring-Gull, and is essentially a sea bird, breeding on the rocks of the small islands in colonies apart from its congeners, and depositing 1 or 2 eggs, which are stone-buff with a slight olivaceous tinge, with inky grey shell-markings and blackish surface spots and blotches, and measure about 2.5 by 1.73.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1142. Larus audouini
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1142
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
831
Common name: 
Audouin’s Gull
M_ID: 
4512
M_CN: 
Audouin's Gull
M_SN: 
Ichthyaetus audouinii
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
9984

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