|Andean Gull Larus serranus
(aka Chroicocephalus serranus)
Chilean name: Gaviota andina
January / February 2007
The Andean Gull breeds on Andean lakes from northern Ecuador to northern Chile, western Bolivia and northern Argentina. They are usually at a height of 4,000 to 5,300 metres.
|Outside the breeding season some birds descend to the Pacific coast.
It is a large hooded gull with a black hood and white eye crescents in breeding plumage. In non-breeding plumage the head is white with a blackish ear spot.
|In flight it shows a distinctive white patch on the primaries though this is hidden when the bird is at rest.|