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Caspian Gull?

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 7:12 am
by Abdulla Paleri
Dear Gull Lovers.
I have observed and photograped this gull from Kerala ,west coast of india on 26/12/17 at 2.30pm.But i have confusion over this species identification.
]Pease help me to identify this Gull

Re: Caspian Gull?

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:28 pm
by marsmuusse
Hi Abdulla,

This may either be a smallish female cachinnans, but the high bill probably better fit to barabensis.
This extensive moult in scapulars and even wing-coverts, shown by birds in December, are not likely birds from the far northern Russian tundra; I would go for birds from the steppe belt.