227. Larus ichthyaetus.
THE GREAT BLACK-HEADED GULL.
Male 26" to 29 1/4". Weight 2 lbs. to 3 3/4 lbs. Legs dull red. Bill red, black bar. Small crescentic white patches above and below the eye. Back and wings blue-grey. Rump, tail, and below white. Five primaries white, with black band. First quill, outer and half inner web, black.— In winter: Head white, streaked dark brown. Breeds in C. Asia and migrates in winter to S. Asia and N. E. Africa. Not further east than Burma, India, and Ceylon. Eggs (3.0 x 2.1) buff, streaked purple and brown. (J. 979. B. 1489.) See illustration, p. 211.