Belcher's gull

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Belcher's gull
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. belcheri
Binomial name
Larus belcheri
Vigors, 1829

The Belcher's gull (Larus belcheri), also known as the or band-tailed gull, is a gull found along the Pacific coast of South America. It formerly included the very similar Olrog's gull as a subspecies. It is a medium-sized gull with a blackish mantle, white head and underparts, a black band in the otherwise white tail, and a yellow bill with a red and black tip. Non-breeding adults have a blackish head and a white eye-ring.

The name of this bird commemorates the British explorer Sir Edward Belcher.



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