Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Kelp Gull, Caulin, Chiloe, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image The Kelp Gull is found near the coasts of southern South America, southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

In South America it stretches from Espirito Santo, Brazil round Tierra del Fuego and north to Ecuador. It is the largest gull to be seen in the continent.

Kelp Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image It has a mainly white body with a contrasting black mantle, yellow bill with a red spot near the tip of its lower mandible and dull, greenish-yellow legs. In flight it has a white trailing edge to its black wings and an all-white tail.

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 3, Page 606; Sick, Plate 14; and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 26.

Kelp Gull, Caulin, Chiloe, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image The 5th photo shows a 3rd year bird with brown mottling on its head and neck and a less red gonydeal spot on the bill. The 6th photo shows an immature struggling to eat a rather large fish. The 7th photo shows a 1st year bird on the left and a 2nd year bird on the right.
Kelp Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image
3rd year Kelp Gull, Cassino, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Immature Kelp Gull, Cassino, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, August 2004 - click for larger image
Kelp Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image
Kelp Gull, Cachagua, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image
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