rivers of Siberia.
Previously placed in genus Larus. Apparently most similar to Rhodostethia rosea and Xema sabini, although both of those highly divergent from the hooded gulls. Despite disjunct nature of breeding distribution, geographical variation insufficient to warrant subspecific division. Monotypic.
N Scandinavia, Baltic countries and W Russia to W Siberia (between R Ural and R Ob); E Siberia (E from Lena Basin and L Baikal); also sporadically in W & C Europe, and casually in North America. Winters mostly S and W of breeding range in Mediterranean, Black Sea and Caspian Sea, as well as along W Europe and E USA coastlines.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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