PORT PHILLIP BAY


Kelp Gull 

Larus dominicanus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Laridae
Genus:
Larus
Species:
dominicanus

General Description

Body white, except for black wings and back. Bill yellow with a small red spot at tip on the lower bill. Legs yellow. Young birds brown with mottled pale brown on upperparts and a dark brown bill. Body up to 60 cm long.

Biology

Kelp Gulls attain their adult plumage when about four years old.

Habitat

Coastal areas and offshore islands.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-western and south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Gulls and terns

Max Size

60 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Kelp Gull, Larus dominicanus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7941

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