- 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
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.
Five subspecies are recognized:
- L. d. dominicanus in South America, Australasia, and Antarctica
- L. d. vetula in southern Africa
- L. d. austrinus in Antarctica
- L. d. judithae in Subantarctic Indian Ocean islands
- L. d. melisandae in Madagascar
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.
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