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Black-tailed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4273 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4240 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4281 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4264 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4178 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4144 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4263 [3888 x 2592]

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Black-tailed Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Long Beach (Alamitos Bay), CA
GPS: 33.8N, -118.1W, elev=6' MAP
Date: November 8, 2010
ID : 7C2V4257 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris) is a medium-sized (46cm) gull, with a wingspan of 126-128 cm. The bird is resident in East Asia, including China, Japan and Korea. It is a vagrant to Alaska and northeastern North America.

It has yellow legs and a red and black spot at the end of the bill. This gull takes 4 years to reach full adult plumage. As the name suggests, it has a black tail. The bird has a cat-like call, giving it its Japanese name "? Umineko, "Sea cat" and Korean name "? Gwaeng-yi gull, which means "cat" gull.

The Black-tailed Gull feeds mainly on small fish, molluscs, crustaceans and offal. It often follows ships and commercial fishing fleets. It does steal food from other seabirds.

It is a colonial nester, with colonies forming in mid-April. 2-3 eggs are laid by early June. Incubation lasts approximately 24 days.

A rare visitor to the United States, a black-tailed gull was spotted from Burlington, Vermont, in October 2005. Pictures from that sighting can be seen here

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Black tailed gull, immature plumage





                                     




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