Naw Herring Gull taxonomy. The recent editorial decision (Brit. Birds 86: 1-2) to adopt splitting Herring Gull into three species L. argentatus, L. cachinnans and L. armenicus, although in line with current trends in avian taxonomy, seems highly controversial. As discussed below, this treatment: (1) may be untenable for populations other than the west European, and (2) artificially promotes i

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