Yellow-legged seagull

Larus michahellis J.F. Naumann, 1840

The seagull is a large seabird that is white in adult life except for the back and wings that have a light gray color and the wing tips have black spots. The back and wings are silver with black tips and yellow paws.

The beak is yellow with a small red spot on the tip of the lower jaw extending to the upper jaw.

The legs are yellow. During the winter, adults acquire brownish plumage on the head. The color of the species differs in the first three years. The yellow-legged seagull weights around 1200g and the wingspan varies between 138 to 155cm.

This is a bird that lives in the Azores. The nests are built in April. The postures of two to three eggs occur from mid-April to mid-May. The hatching of the eggs starts from May and leaves the nests from the end of June.

The seagull is an opportunistic and synanthropic species, that is, it takes advantage of the conditions created by human activity. In addition to being associated with human debris, seagulls include in their diet: rock pigeon, canaries and other small birds, including Cory’ shearwater juveniles.

They can also hunt small fish and some crustaceans.

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