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Mediterranean Gull

Larus melanocephalus (Temminck, 1820)

Черноголовая чайка | Қарабас шағала
adult

2015-05-19
Estern Caspian Sea. 70 km westward from Buzachi peninsula.
© Fedor Karpov

Distribution

Some birds repeatedly observed on Mangyshlak at Bautino and on Mangistau islands in May and July 1951 and 1952 (Gladkov, Zaletaev, 1956). Two birds recorded in Kurgaldzhino reserve 24 July 1999 (Koshkin, 2003) but not proved documentary. In connection with expansion nesting area of this species to north-east up to Kalmykia (Krivenko et al., 1973), probability of occurrence in Kazakhstan grows, and the breeding is possible. In October 5th, 1974 the vargant bird was recorded in lake Ashikul (Tselinograd oblast), at distance about 3000 km from the Babin island (Chernomorsky State Reserve) where it was ringed.

Biology

Rare vagrant. Occurs on shore of Caspian Sea in May and July.

References

Рябицев В. К., Ковшарь А. Ф., Ковшарь В. А., Березовиков Н. Н. «Полевой определитель птиц Казахстана», Алматы, 2014.
Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005.
Колониальные гидрофильные птицы юга Украины./Сиохин В.Д., Черничко И.И., Ардамацкая Т.Б. и др. - Киев : Наукова думка, 1988.

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