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Bonaparte's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 28, 2008
ID : 9345 [3888 x 2592]

Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Tybee Island, GA
GPS: 32.0N, -80.8W, elev=9' MAP
Date: February 9, 2008
ID : 3400 [3888 x 2592]

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Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4290 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salt Creek, Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.4N, -115.8W, elev=-225' MAP
Date: April 6, 2016
ID : B13K1367 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 2, 2016
ID : B13K1245 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 2, 2016
ID : B13K1217 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4230 [4896 x 3264]

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Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012

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Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4256 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4273 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salton Sea - Unit 1, CA
GPS: 33.1N, -115.7W, elev=-212' MAP
Date: November 28, 2010
ID : B13K5005 [4896 x 3264]

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Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Tijuana (Coronado Islands), Mexico
GPS: 32.4N, -117.2W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 15, 2008
ID : 6222 [3888 x 2592]

Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Cleveland (E 72nd St), OH
GPS: 41.5N, -81.6W, elev=580' MAP
Date: January 11, 2009
ID : 7C2V3314 [3888 x 2592]

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Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 23, 2008
ID : 8869 [3888 x 2592]

Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: April 8, 2008
ID : 8270 [3888 x 2592]

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Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 18, 2008
ID : 6708 [3888 x 2592]

Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 18, 2008
ID : 6714 [3888 x 2592]

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Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 18, 2008
ID : 6719 [3888 x 2592]

Bonaparte's Gull Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 18, 2008
ID : 6732 [3888 x 2592]

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Bonaparte's Gull Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 18, 2008
ID : 6741 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Bonaparte's Gull, Chroicocephalus philadelphia, is a small gull.

Adults are 31-34 cm long with a 79-84 cm wingspan. They have a black hood and a short thin dark bill. The body is mainly white with pale grey back and upper wings. The underwing is pale and the wing tips are dark. They have orange legs. In winter, the head is white.

In their first summer, the appearance of Bonaparte's Gull is similar to that in its first winter, but paler due to wear. Fewer than 5% of Bonaparte's Gulls acquire a dark hood in their first summer, and on those that do, the hood is duller than on breeding adults.

Their breeding habitat is near bogs or lakes in coniferous forest across western Canada and Alaska. They nest in conifers, sometimes on the ground.

They are migratory and most move east or west to coastal waters, also the Great Lakes. They are rare vagrants to western Europe, where they usually associate with the somewhat larger Black-headed Gulls.

These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming or wading. They mainly eat insects, crustaceans and fish. Unlike some other gulls, this bird rarely scavenges.

It is graceful in flight, more like a tern. It was named after Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte, a zoologist and nephew of Napoleon.



                                     




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