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Laughing Gull with ORANGE BILL in Mexico !! (1 Viewer)

Andy Adcock

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Cyprus
Looks fine for laughing gull otherwise (bill perhaps slightly deep/long?) - including wing-pattern. So, 'laughing gull with pigment problems' seems a neater and more-plausible explanation than involving anything else's genes.
Does it have a deformed right foot, first two shots appear so but in others it looks ok?
 

Joern Lehmhus

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somewhere a few years ago , at Flickr or pbase I think, there was a photo series of an aberrant laughing gull with bright red bill and legs . darker red than in yours but I think generally similar.

also no sign of hybridisation. so it seems sometimes that happens
 

Tired

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United States
Interesting find. The foot looks like maybe something bit part of it off- perhaps some big fish? Or I suppose entanglement and strangulation is an option, though it would be an odd trick to tangle only part of a webbed foot and lose the amount shown.
 

Joern Lehmhus

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Maybe the foot has been bitten of by a turtle- well , maybe not a snapping turtle but something smaller like a red-eared slider ? I have seen a few damages in mallard and goose feet in parks in Germany where people released quite a lot of unwanted pet red-eared sliders...
 

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