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Rhodostethia rosea


29–32 cm (11½-12½ in)
Summer adult

  • Pale grey upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Pink flush to the breast
  • Black neck ring
  • Pointed tail
  • Red legs
  • Short, black bill
Photo by Dwaalgast
Scheveningen, The Netherlands 23 November 2004

Winter adult, the breast tints and neck collar are mostly lost (but remnants remain).
Juvenile has a noticeable "W" pattern across the wings in flight

Similar Species

Little Gull is slightly smaller with hood, pale wingtips (adult), longer bill, and shorter primary projection.


Second Calendar Year
Photo © by katastrofa
Varanger, Norway, 27 May 2022

Northern Canada and north-eastern Siberia. Vagrant to Britain, north, central and southern Europe


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


Breeds in swampy arctic tundra.
Sea coasts and coastal lagoons, often perches on ice floes and glacier edges.



Very bouyant. In a high wind will 'shear' like a Kittiwake and will hover and dip reminiscent of a marsh terns.


Two to three eggs are laid in a nest on the ground.


Its diet includes any small prey and it feeds on mudflats.


A typical call is "e-wo,e-wo,e-wo", or "kliaw"'.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition

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