French: Mouette du Tibet German: Braunkopfmöwe Spanish: Gaviota centroasiática
west coast of Indian Peninsula
Mountains of SC Asia, between 3000 m and at least 4500 m: Turkestan and W China (W Xinjiang), and S to Pamirs (L Kara-Kul), Ladakh and Tibet. Winters on coasts of India, N Sri Lanka and SE Asia, sparingly W to Arabian Peninsula.
41–45 cm; 450–714 g. Two-year gull. Larger, stockier and flatter-crowned than the Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus, with which it is often found in... read more
A raucous "keear" or "geek", deeper and gruffer than in Black-headed Gull. Also a loud, wailing "ko... read more
Breeds on islands in large, cold, high altitude lakes of varying salinity, or in adjacent marshes,... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, shrimps, offal; also insects, grubs, slugs, earthworms, sewage, potatoes, rodents and plant shoots; occasionally winged termites.... read more
Returns to colonies in May; lays from end of May, mainly in early Jun, even when lakes still frozen. Colonies of c. 50 pairs, but reports... read more
Migrates over mountains to coasts of S Asia; fairly common in Nepal, where some remain to winter.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population is not known with any precision but the species seems to be quite numerous; a provisional estimate suggests 100... read more
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