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Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides L 52-60cm. Similar to Glaucous but smaller, less bulky and longer-winged. Has a rounded head and rather small bill. Legs are pink at all times. Sexes are similar. Adult in winter has pale grey back and upperwings with white primaries and white trailing edge to wings. Plumage is otherwise mainly white with dark streaks on head and neck. Bill is yellowish with an orange spot. Eye is yellowish with red orbital ring. In summer, similar but without streaks. Juvenile and 1st winter are pale grey-buff with white primaries. Bill is dark with dull pink base. Adult plumage acquired over 3 years. 2nd winter is similar but paler. 3rd winter is paler still. Voice Utters a kyaoo call and anxious ga-ka-ka. Status Very scarce non-breeding visitor, mainly to coasts in late winter.
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Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides L 52-60cm. Similar to Glaucous but smaller, less bulky and longer-winged. Has a rounded head and rather small bill. Legs are pink at all times. Sexes are similar. Adult in winter has pale grey back and upperwings with white primaries and white trailing edge to wings. Plumage is otherwise mainly white with dark streaks on head and neck. Bill is yellowish with an orange spot. Eye is yellowish with red orbital ring. In summer, similar but without streaks. Juvenile and 1st winter are pale grey-buff with white primaries. Bill is dark with dull pink base. Adult plumage acquired over 3 years. 2nd winter is similar but paler. 3rd winter is paler still. Voice Utters a kyaoo call and anxious ga-ka-ka. Status Very scarce non-breeding visitor, mainly to coasts in late winter.

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Date: 18 Feb 2008
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