Swallow-tailed Gull

Creagrus (Larus) furcatus

Genovesa, The Galápagos Islands

25th July 2005

The Swallow-tailed Gull is near-endemic to the Galapagos Islands, where it has over fifty colonies spread over the entire archipelago.

It is the world's only night-feeding gull, and its chick is the only gull chick with so much white, perhaps so that the returning parents can find them more easily.

Swallow-tailed Gull chick - 22Kb

Swallow-tailed Gull - 12Kb

There is only one egg laid at a time: this one had apparently been abandoned beside the trail, but 'just in case' I just shot it very quickly and moved on.


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