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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 20:19   #1
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Gull in northern Chile

Saw this gull in Antofagasta in northern Chile. It has quite distinctive features but I still can't work out what it is. The bill looks like a ring-billed gull but they have white heads. Any ideas?
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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 20:23   #2
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Not sure, but to get this started: non-breeding Dolphin Gull?

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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 20:30   #3
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Larus belcheri - Band-tailed/Belcher's Gull (non-breeding).
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Larus belcheri - Band-tailed/Belcher's Gull (non-breeding).
Dolphin Gull in that plumage has a light eye, solid red bill, and reddish legs, among other features.
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I looked at our pictures in BF, and that plumage of Band-tailed/Belcher's Gull is not well represented. Please upload to the Gallery!

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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 23:43   #6
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Sure will do. How long do they keep this non-breeding plumage for then? According to the guides the one in the photo is probably "2nd winter".
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I now have the Chile field guide in front of me, and I think your bird was in full adult winter plumage. A younger bird should have some barring on the underside and some brownish in the upperside that would separate it from this look -- If I am correct this time

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