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09 He aha tērā? Black-backed Gull

Black and whit bird in flight with wings stretched.
Miraz Jordan

You see these large birds at the beach, or maybe flocking around a fishing boat, or perhaps inland. The adults are black and white; the juveniles speckled brown. He aha tērā? What is that?

Juvenile and adult, large birds on the beach.

Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

Answer: it’s a kororo, black-backed gull:

Identification: Length: 60 cm; Weight: 1.0 kg

Similar species: Subantarctic skua

A large black-and-white gull with a white head and underparts, black back, yellow bill with a red spot near the tip, and pale green legs. Juveniles are dark mottled brown with black bill and legs; their plumage lightens with age until they moult into adult plumage at 3-years-old.

This item was updated on Wednesday 23 March 2022

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