Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
(aka Leucophaeus pipixcan)
Chilean name: Gaviota de Franklin
Franklin's Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image Concon, Chile
November 2005

Franklin's Gull breeds in inland North America where it is found at lakes and marshes. During the northern winter it migrates to the Pacific coasts of Central and South America as far as south central Chile.

Franklin's Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image In breeding plumage it has a black hood with white eye crescents and a bright red bill. In non-breeding plumage, seen here in photos 1 and 2, it has only a partial, greyish hood and the bill is black with a red tip. Note the distinctive wing pattern showing the contrast between the pale grey and the black wing-tips with small white windows.
Franklin's Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image Photos 3 and 4 show 1st winter birds where the grey back contrast with the brownish wings and the tail has a black subterminal band.
Franklin's Gull, Concon, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image
Franklin's Gull, mouth of Lluta River, Chile, February 2007 - click for larger image
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