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Slaty-backed-x-Black-tailed Hybrid? or other? (1 Viewer)

Otarujef

Just dont call me late for dinner...
Date: Dec. 8, 2019
Time: 12:35 pm
Location: Shukutsu, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan
Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/DRQwS18XeZAtLDEfA
Weather: Heavy Snow

Hi!

I am fairly new to Gulls,
and need a little help if you can,
which is much appreciated!

I am looking thru the Larsson book
"Gulls of Europe, Asia,and North America";
yet I am still having trouble ID-ing
whether this is a hybrid, and which winter.

Thanks for the help with this!

Jeff :D
 

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Otarujef

Just dont call me late for dinner...
I wonder,

Should I try and have the moderators move this to "Bird ID Q/A", where there is more traffic?

Jeff :)
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
I wonder,

Should I try and have the moderators move this to "Bird ID Q/A", where there is more traffic?

Jeff :)
Probably a good idea! I'm pretty clueless about east Asian gulls (never been there) but given the pure white tails, I can't see any hard evidence for any Black-tailed parentage in there.
 

Otarujef

Just dont call me late for dinner...
Thanks Nutcracker for the response !

I am not sure how to contact a moderator, i know double posting is a no-no.

The Gull's bill tip says Black-tailed, while the rest says Slaty-backed.
Slaty-backed have only a bit of red/orange on the bottom bill.
That is why I thought maybe a hybrid.....

Thanks again!

Jeff :D
 
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Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Black on the bill tip is also a common sign of immaturity in large gulls. I'd hazard a guess it is a 3rd-4th year Slaty-backed, but with the proviso that's a species I have no experience of!


I see a mod has moved it now :t:
 

Otarujef

Just dont call me late for dinner...
Gully-Gosh

common sign of immaturity.....

I can related to those signs even in a 60 year human such a i lol.

the detail observation is helpful, i will look and research more, and see if someone chimes in that might add to what you shared...

Thanks Nutcracker! and thanks to KC Foggin for the kindness and movin the thread...

Jeff :D
 

lou salomon

the birdonist
it is a slaty-backed gull allright (no hybrid). black on bill can be an immaturity sign in subadults but it happens also in basic (nonbreeding) plumage of large gulls.
 

Otarujef

Just dont call me late for dinner...
Lou,

Thank you so much for the confirmation.
I have ALOT to learn just about gulls alone.
Summer usually has just Slaty-backed and Black-tailed Gulls.
Winter starts to bring a half dozen or so more to Hokkaido.
Thanks again Everyone for helping me to understand a little bit more than before!
:thumbs up:

Jeff :D
 

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