The ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’ in Britain

Published on 07 November 2017 in Main articles

By Andy Stoddart and Christopher J. McInerny, on behalf of BBRC and BOURC

Abstract This paper summarises the taxonomic history, identification, status and distribution of ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’ Larus michahellis atlantis. It documents the first British records of this taxon, their assessment by BBRC and BOURC, and the subsequent addition of this subspecies to the British List.

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Second-calendar-year ‘Azorean Yellow-legged Gull’, Sennen, Cornwall, 28th October 2008. The stocky structure with rather broad wings and heavy bill are evident. Even more obvious, however, is the dark ‘swarthy’ body plumage. Note also the dark underwing-coverts and faint pale inner primary ‘window’. Martin Elliott