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40-45cm. White head, tail and underparts, with a light grey back and black-tipped wings, bill, legs and eye-ring are bright orange-red.
Australia and surrounding islands.
Two subspecies are recognized: novaehollandiae and forsteri. Some authorities in addition also recognize gunni. Red-billed Gull was recently split from this species.
Silver Gull is sometimes placed in genus Larus.
Near water. Rarely seen inland.
It is a scavenger; its diet also includes worms, fish, insects and crustaceans.
They nest in large colonies on offshore islands. Two broods are often raised in a year. Both sexes share nest-building, incubation and feeding duties. 3 eggs are laid in a shallow nest scrape, lined with vegetation.
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