Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) - HBW 3, p. 607
French: Goéland dominicain
Spanish: Gaviota Cocinera
Other common names: Dominican Gull (New Zealand), Southern Black-backed Gull (Africa, Australia)
Taxonomy: Larus dominicanus Lichtenstein, 1823, coasts of Brazil.
South Shetlands population formerly separated as austrinus, but matched by birds elsewhere in S of range. Some authors give subspecific status to South African population, race vetula, based mainly on its mottled brown iris. Monotypic.
Distribution: S Africa, from Namibia (Cape Cross) to Cape Province (Algoa Bay), and S Madagascar; S Australia and New Zealand; N Peru and S Brazil (São Paulo) S to Tierra del Fuego, and Falkland Is; subantarctic islands and Antarctica.
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Calls by several adults and whistles of juveniles mixed. Locality Manawatu River Estuary, North Island, New Zealand
Josep del Hoyo 9 February 2013 5 weeks ago 4
Calls by two birds dueting. Locality Waimanu Lagoons, Waikanae, North Island, New Zealand
Josep del Hoyo 9 February 2013 6 weeks ago 4
Calls by one individual. Locality Kaka Point, South Island, New Zealand
Josep del Hoyo 27 January 2013 9 weeks ago 4
Calls by two birds. Locality Grytviken, South Georgia
Josep del Hoyo 12 April 2012 49 weeks ago 4
Calls of a juvenile (with hard wind). Locality Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
Josep del Hoyo 8 April 2012 50 weeks ago 3
An adult calling Locality St Andrews Bay, South Georgia
Laurent Demongin 9 October 2008 3 years ago 3
Several birds (Larus dominicaus) perched on the rocks near the sea. Locality Punta del Este, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 15 December 2012 20 weeks ago 0
About eighty individuals on a lagoon. Locality José Ignacio Lagoon, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 17 July 2012 43 weeks ago 0