Ross's Gull


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Ross’s Gull

 

(Rhodostethia rosea), also rosy gull, a bird of the family Laridae. The body length is approximately 35 cm. The upper part of the wings and the back are blue-gray, and the head, chest, and abdomen are pink. There is a narrow black collar on the neck. The bill is black, and the legs red.

Ross’s gull is found in northeastern Siberia (from the lana River to the western edge of the Chukchi Peninsula) and in western Greenland. In the winter the bird migrates to the open waters of the Arctic Ocean, sometimes reaching the North Atlantic and the Bering Sea. It nests along lakeshores in the tundra and forest tundra. A clutch contains three or, less often, two eggs, which are incubated approximately three weeks. Ross’s gull feeds on insects, small mollusks, and—during migration—fish and crustaceans.

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The present paper contributes observations on the distribution of Ross's gull (Rhodostethia rosea) made during the Arctic Ocean 96 expedition from mid-July to mid- September 1996, from the Swedish icebreaker Oden.
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A ROSS'S Gull from the Canadian Arctic is making a lengthy stay on the Plym Estuary in Plymouth, Devon.
Sturdy birders from around the nation and Canada try to visit this area at least once in their lifetimes hoping to see such exotics as slaty-backed gulls from Asia, Ross's gull from the Arctic, black-headed gulls from Europe, black-legged kittiwakes from the Atlantic Ocean, and California gulls from, well, California.
As the column goes to press, the black winged stilts are still at Neumann's Flash in Cheshire, and the Ross's gull continues to delight visitors to Lytham St Annes.
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Published accounts list only four breeding sites for Ross's gull (Rhodostethia rosea) in North America, but the discovery of additional breeding sites in Queen's Channel, Nunavut, adds to growing evidence that this species is established as a regular breeder in the Canadian High Arctic despite its current status as a Threatened Species in Canada.