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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 10:08   #1
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Question tiny "Black-headed" Gull ITALY

Hello everyone, I'm a Brit living in southern Italy.
I'd be interested in your ideas on this tiny gull which was photographed here yesterday. All hypotheses are welcome (hybrids, dwarfism etc.)...

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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 10:13   #2
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Hi Anthony I see this is your first post, so may I welcome you on behalf of the Staff and Moderators at Bird Forum

I'm sorry I can't help with the identification, but I'm sure someone will be along soon who can.

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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 10:37   #3
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The size looks good for Little Gull but the bill colour is wrong!
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Plumage and bare parts say Black-headed, rather than either Little or Bonaparte's. As to size, ones does occasionally get quite small, runty Black-headed Gulls and though this one seems a bit exreme in that respect, that's where my money is.

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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 11:54   #5
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It's a BH Gull. I don't think there is any size illusion here either....just a small BH.

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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 12:15   #6
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It's a BH Gull. I don't think there is any size illusion here either....just a small BH.

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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 12:43   #7
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Actually quite similar to the bird standing behind it as well. I suspect the angle of the bird may make it look smaller than it really is, although its clearly smaller than normal. A runt Black-headed gull.
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also maybe because its feathers are fluffed out and its head is somewhat buried in them...
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