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Audouin's Gull
Larus audouinii

Map of the common names


Description
Medium-sized gull (L 50 cm), with red ring around eye, green legs and red bill with black tip. Exclusivelly pelagic, the species breeds generally on Mediterranean islands covered with scattered vegetation. Audouin's Gull is a specialized fish-eater. Migrant.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Over 90% of the global population breeds in Mediterranean. Although it has recently increased in numbers, the species is highly susceptible because about 80% of the population occurs at just two colonies. Other reasons for the decline of the species are depletion of the stock of pelagic fish due to overfishing, water pollution, egg and chick predation by rats and competition with other gulls.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
13,000 / 14,000 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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