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Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

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Kelp Gull is the dominant large gull species of South America.  It is common throughout the southern part of the continent and extending north along the coasts to Ecuador in the west and Brazil in the east, though it is also known as a vagrant and occasional breeder north to the United States as well.  Large, with very dark black upperparts and pale yellow-green legs, this gull is easily distinguished from other gulls in its range.  Kelp Gulls feed on a variety of land and marine animals and also attend refuse dumps.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/kelgul