Immature red or black-billed Gull ?

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Jim Kirker
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Immature red or black-billed Gull ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:51 pm

Seven adult Black-billed Gulls at Rotoma today and an immature. Can someone please say for sure if it's red or black billed ?
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Immature Gull at Lake Rotoma 15/01/19
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Richard Schofield
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Re: Immature red or black-billed Gull ?

Postby Richard Schofield » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:26 pm

Looks like Red-billed to me, based on general build and head shape. Grey upperparts look dark enough, and bill a bit on the thick side for Black-billed.
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Re: Immature red or black-billed Gull ?

Postby Clinton9 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:49 am

Two-month-old Red-Billed gull, readily started to moult its juvenile mantle & few scapulars.
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Re: Immature red or black-billed Gull ?

Postby Jim Kirker » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:06 am

A belated thank you to both - much appreciated.

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