French: Goéland à queue noire German: Japanmöwe Spanish: Gaviota japonesa
SE Russia (Kuril Is, Sakhalin, Moneron I, Popov I, Peter the Great Bay), Japan, Korea and E China (Shandong, Zhejiang#R, Fujian). More widespread in winter, occurring S to N East China Sea.
43–51 cm; 436–640 g; wingspan 120–128 cm. A fairly distinctive gull, medium-sized with a relatively short tail that is black or shows a broad black tail-... read more
A deep mewing “kaoo kaoo”, “kau kau” or “yark yark yark”. Also a plaintive rasping mewing.
Coasts, bays and estuaries; breeds on sandy or rocky seashores, sea cliffs, and rocky islets.
Food and feeding
Diet varies locally and annually. Mainly small fish, crustaceans, insects and offal; also molluscs and polychaetes. In winter feeds heavily... read more
Colonies form mid Apr, with laying May–Jun (Siberia). Many colonies hold over 10,000 pairs. Rough nest of dry grass; on sandy or... read more
Post-breeding dispersal to areas rich in food occur. First-year birds from Peter the Great Bay move... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population is estimated at 1,000,050 individuals, with sizable concentrations in Peter the Great Bay, Russia, and in Japan... read more
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