February 19, 2017 – Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii or Leucophaeus scoresbii)

These gulls are found around the coast of southern South America, in parts of Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands. They are often found around rocky coastlines near fresh water, seabird and marine mammal colonies, slaughterhouses, farmyards, and sewers. Their diet is mostly carrion, offal, the eggs and chicks of other birds, and marine invertebrates, though they also scavenge near marine mammals for dead fish, placentae, and other foods. Breeding in colonies, often with other gulls or terns, they nest in hollows lined with plant materials. Chicks join groups, or creches, as they grow, allowing both parents to gather food for them.


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