1152. Larus leucopterus

1152. Iceland Gull.
LARUS LEUCOPTERUS.
Larus leucopterus, Faber, Prodrom. Isl. Orn. p. 91 (1822) ; Naum. x. p. 367, Taf. 265 ; Hewitson, ii. p. 498, pl. cxxxix. figs. 1, 2 ; Dresser, viii. p. 439, pl. 606 ; Saunders, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 295 ; id. Manual, p. 681 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1023 ; Ridgway, p. 26 ; Lilford, vi. p. 62, pl. 28 ; L. islandicus, Edmonst. Mem. Wern. Soc. iv. p. 506 (1823) ; Gould, B. of E. v. pl. 433 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 58.
Goeland leucoptere, French ; Polarmowe, German ; Kleine Burgemeester, Dutch ; Hvitmafr, Icel. ; Hvidvinget-Maage, Dan. and Norweg. ; Hvitvingad Trut, Swed.
Male ad. (Greenland). Differs from L. glaucus in being smaller, with a proportionately longer wing. Culmen 2.5, height of bill at base 0.65, wing 16.8, tail 7.6, tarsus 2.5 inch.
Hab. Jan Mayen Island and Greenland in summer ; in winter to Iceland, the Faeroes, Great Britain, Scandinavia (rarely), once in Finland, and as far south as the Gulf of Gascony in severe winters ; Atlantic coasts of North America, south, in winter, to Massachusetts and the Great Lakes.
In habits it does not differ from L. glaucus. It breeds in Greenland, its nest being a mere depression in the ground, slightly lined with a few grass-bents, and it deposits 2 to 3 eggs, which resemble those of L. glaucus, but are smaller, measuring about 2.78 by 1.87.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
1152. Larus leucopterus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
1152
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
838
Common name: 
Iceland Gull
M_ID: 
4553
M_SN: 
Larus glaucoides glaucoides
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10387

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