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Kelp Gull, Southern Black-backed Gull, Dominican Gull (Larus dominicanus)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: dominicanus

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On Jun 2, 2019, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The Dominican Gull lives for at least 28 years. It adapts its diet to its enviroment. On water it gets algae, and plunge-dives for echinoderms, molluscs and surface fish. It breaks the mollusc shells by dropping them from a height. It eats plants and grasses, small reptiles and mammals, crustaceans, insects, and worms, and even young birds and eggs. Offal and carrion are on the menu, and it scavengers in coastal towns and cities. What it can not digest it regurgitates as rounded pellets. It inhabits farmland, inlets, esturies, rocky and sandy seashores, wide shallow rivers, lakes and mountain tarns. The nest is built mainly by the male which has little or no shelter.The one, two or three eggs are laid two or three days apart, and incubated by both parents, then the chicks move out of the n... read more

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