herring gull

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herring gull

a common gull, Larus argentatus, that has a white plumage with black-tipped wings and pink legs

Herring Gull


(Larus argentatus), a bird of the order Char-adriiformes. The body is about 60 cm long and weighs 0.8–1.5 kg. The herring gull is predominantly white, with a blue-gray back and black wing tips marked with white. The bill is yellow, and there is a red spot on the gonys. The herring gull inhabits northern and temperate latitudes of Europe, Asia, and North America. In the USSR the bird inhabits seas (except the seas of the Far East), large rivers, and lakes. The herring gull is a migratory bird in the north. It nests in colonies on the ground or on rocks. A clutch contains two or three eggs, which are incubated for 25 to 27 days. The herring gull feeds on aquatic invertebrates, fishes, rodents, carrion, and berries; in some places it does great harm by destroying the nests of other birds, for example, eiders.

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04 ml) proved obvious architecture of tubules with marked alterations in loop of henle and reduction in tubular cells around glomeruli in kidney of Larus argentatus.
In present study, untreated Herring gulls did not show remarkable changes in hepatic cords and cells around the blood vessels in liver of Larus argentatus (Figure 3) but in high dose 0.
02 ml of cadmium chloride (Figure 8) in Larus argentatus illustrated slight alterations in the architecture of the tubules of the loop of henle.
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