Hybrid gulls in Belgium - an update

Peter Adriaens, H. J. P Vercruijsse, Eric Stienen

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    Abstract

    This paper provides an update on interbreeding by three species of large white-headed gull at a colony in Zeebrugge, Belgium. Mixed breeding in the colony was studied in detail in 2010, and this account documents some of the known hybrids and their offspring. The results have particular significance for the identification of Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis in western Europe, in terms of record assessment in areas where the species is still a rarity, and also in terms of measuring the continuing range expansion of that species.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBritish Birds
    Volume105
    Pages (from-to)530-542
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Thematic list

    • Sea and coastal birds
    • Breeding birds
    • Ports

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B280-animal-ecology

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