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Brown-hooded Gull

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Photo by Fritz73Perito Moreno National Park, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 2001
Photo by Fritz73
Perito Moreno National Park, Santa Cruz, Argentina, 2001
Chroicocephalus maculipennis

Larus maculipennis


[edit] Identification

35–37 cm (13¾-14½ in)

  • Grey upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Brown hood
  • White eye crescents
  • White nape, neck and breast
  • Grey-white wings
  • Deep red bill and legs
Non-breedingPhoto by Rodrigo ReyesViña del Mar, Chile, June 2005
Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
Viña del Mar, Chile, June 2005

Non-breeding adult

  • White head
  • Dark spots behind the eye

[edit] Similar Species

They bear a strong resemblance to the Black-headed Gull but Brown-hooded Gull has a slightly darker mantle, narrower dark subterminal band on its primaries, more dark at the bases of its outermost primaries, and usually distinct white primary tips cf. Black-headed.

[edit] Distribution

Southern South America : found in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1], which is sometimes placed in genus Larus.

[edit] Habitat

Humid forest, coast, rivers, lakes and marshes.

Photo by BirdsPeruBuenos Aires, Argentina, October 2005
Photo by BirdsPeru
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2005

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest in a hollow lined with vegetation. The clutch consists of 2 to 4 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes marine invertebrates and small fish.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Birds of the Falkland Islands

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