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Lesser black-backed gull: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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Lesser Black backed Gull. A Hand-Book to the Birds of Great Britain by R. Bowdler Sharpe

Lesser Black backed Gull. A Hand-Book to the Birds of Great Britain by R. Bowdler Sharpe

In habits and behaviour this gull is so akin to the herring gull that the two are often considered to be extreme versions of a single variable species. The two often nest side by side, each breeding normally with its own kind. Interbreeding does occur, and if the eggs of each species are exchanged, the young may mate with the foster species, producing hybrids. The colour pattern of the lesser black-back is the same as in the great black-back, but the former’s back is usually greyer.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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