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Larus dominicanus

Kelp Gull

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Laridae

Authors: Contreras-González, A.M., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi


The Americas

It is a widespread species in the Southern Hemisphere, both in America and in Australia and Africa. For Mexico there have two photographic records of vagrant individuals in the Yucatan Peninsula.

It is rare in Yucatan Peninsula. It has been estimated that the range of occurrence of this species is between 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 km2, global population is estimated at between 3,300,000 to 3,400,000 individuals.

Outside the Americas

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It is found on beaches and estuaries to the sea level, also on interior waters as lakes and rivers, and crop fields.

Historical changes

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Fossil history

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Recommended Citation

Contreras-González, A.M., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.