Brown-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus maculipennis


The Brown-hooded Gull is a small hooded gull of southern South America.  Though it is commonly found on the coasts, the species generally breeds in freshwater marshes, sometimes with other colonial waterbirds such as White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi).  During the non-breeding season, Brown-hooded Gulls mix with other small gulls such as Franklin's and Gray-hooded Gulls and feed on aquatic invertebrates gleaned from the surface of the water.  They can be identified by relatively small size, a powdery brown half-hood (alternate adults), white outer primaries with black tips from above, and a black patch on the primaries from below.

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Recommended Citation

Brown-hooded Gull (Chroicocephalus maculipennis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: