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Sabine's Gull | Larus sabini

The Sabine's Gull is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Laridae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical Shrikes.

The description for the Sabine's Gull (Latin name Larus sabini) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Larus sabini can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 318 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 448. You will find a picture of the Sabine's Gull on page 417.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Sabine's Gull between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Sabine's Gull has a height of 30 cms and weighs around 170 gms. The head is coloured grey, black while the bill is coloured black. The Larus sabini has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a blue, grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey, black

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is white

Back is blue, grey

Feeding Habits ...

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird is a well known scavenger and rarely kills its own prey.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Sabine's Gull bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

The Sabine's Gull is a very rare bird that can only be seen out at sea following fish vessels. It can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Sabine's Gull is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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