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Kelp Gull - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by bievreJJ
Cape province, South Africa, October, 2009
Larus dominicanus


54–65 cm (21¼-25½ in)

  • Black upperparts and wings
  • White head, underparts, tail, wing tips
  • Yellow bill with a red spot which is swollen in the tip
  • Green legs
  • Dark eye


Photo © by luisrock62
Baha Blanca, Argentina

Hybridization of Kelp Gull with Herring Gull (producing a bird known as Chandeleur Gull) have been discussed in a thread in the Id forum.


Mainly southern hemisphere - Antarctica, Australasia, southernmost parts of Africa and South America, sub-Antarctic islands.

An isolated population in Senegambia.



Photo © by craigwilson
Portobello Bay, New Zealand, March 2017

Five subspecies are recognized[1]:


Mainly coasts and coastal waters. However they are often seen at inland lakes.



The nest is made in a shallow depression on the ground lined with vegetation and feathers. The clutch consists of 2 or 3 eggs. Both adults feed the young birds.


Their diet is very varied and includes scavenged fishery discards and refuse.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/E6536E4E]. Retrieved 14 November 2020
  3. Burger, J., M. Gochfeld, E. F. J. Garcia, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.kelgul.01

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