Family Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Vulnerable

Saunders's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi)


Taxonomy

French: Mouette de Saunders German: Saundersmöwe Spanish: Gaviota de Saunders
Taxonomy:

Chroicocephalus saundersi

Swinhoe

, 1871,

Fujian, China

.

Previously placed in genus Larus, and then sometimes in monotypic subgenus Saundersia. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Coastal E China from Liaoning through Hebei and Shandong to Jiangsu; sporadically on W coast of Korea#R. Winters from S Korea and S Japan S to N Vietnam#R.

Descriptive notes

29–32 cm; 170–220 g; wingspan 87–91 cm. Two-year gull. Intermediate in size and shape between Hydrocoleus minutus and L. ridibundus.... read more

Voice

Gives harsh, tern-like, calls “kip” and also “chao”.

Habitat

Mainly found along coast, occasionally on bodies of fresh water near coast. Breeds at coastal... read more

Food and feeding

Little known but thought to be a dietary specialist that exploits silt-laden estuarine waters especially rich in small crabs, which it... read more

Breeding

Little known. All known colonies are in coastal salt-marshes, in areas of the ecotone dominated by Suaeda glauca. The nest is a... read more

Movements

Birds move S & E off coast of E China, and in winter recorded in North and South Korea, N... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. In 1990s, total population estimated at fewer than 5000, and probably closer to 3000 individuals, and all seven known colony... read more

Recommended citation

Burger, J., Gochfeld, M., de Juana, E., Garcia, E.F.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Saunders's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53998 on 20 November 2017).