French: Goéland leucophée German: Mittelmeermöwe Spanish: Gaviota patiamarilla
J. F. Naumann
coast of Dalmatia
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. atlantis
Dwight, 1922 – Azores to Madeira and Canary Is.
L. m. michahellis
J. F. Naumann, 1840 – W & S Europe, NW Africa and Mediterranean N to Poland and E to Turkey.
52–58 cm; 420–1600 g (all subspecies), 670–1150 g (lusitanius); wingspan 120–140 cm. Generally more powerful, elegant and deep-breasted than L. argentatus,... read more
Considered most similar to L. fuscus, and rather deeper and hoarser than L. argentatus... read more
Coasts and inland habitats, being recorded breeding to > 2000 m in France. In W Europe, largely... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fish, invertebrates, mammals (e.g. rats), refuse, scraps, offal, bird eggs and chicks (e.g. Monteiro’s Storm-petrels ... read more
Similar to L. argentatus. In some colonies, territorial throughout winter; lays from mid March or, for example in Atlantic Is,... read more
Sedentary and dispersive, but some populations at least are at least partially migratory, moving N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population size unknown, but European population (the majority) estimated at 409,000–534,000 pairs and increasing, especially... read more
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