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  Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)





Silver Gull | Larus novaehollandiae photo
Silver Gull photographed on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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Silver Gull | Larus novaehollandiae photo
Gold Coast, Australia

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Silver Gull | Larus novaehollandiae photo
immature has black bill and legs

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SILVER GULL FACTS

Description
The Silver Gull is the most common Australian gull. White with silver grey upper parts. White eye.

Size
38 - 43cm

Habitat
coasts and islands. inland near large expanses of water.

Food
fish, plankton, small aquatic animals, also scavenges in garbage.

Breeding
breeds in colonies. Nest made of seaweed, plant matter on or near ground. 1-3 pale eggs blotched with black and brown.

Range
Common in coastal regions of Australia and neighbouring islands.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Larus
Species:novaehollandiae
Common Name:Silver Gull

Relatives in same Genus
  Laughing Gull (L. atricilla)
  Black-tailed Gull (L. crassirostris)
  Kelp Gull (L. dominicanus)
  Pacific Gull (L. pacificus)
  Franklins Gull (L. pipixcan)
  Black-headed Gull (L. ridibundus)