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mew

1
any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canus

mew

2
a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting

Mew

 

(Larus canus), also common European gull, a bird of the order Charadriiformes. The mew is about 50 cm long and weighs about 0.5 kg. The plumage is white below and bluish above; the tips of the wings are black and white. The bill is pale yellow. The bird is found in northern Europe, Asia, and North America. It is present year-round throughout the USSR except in the south, where it is found only in winter. The mew settles along rivers, lakes, and seas. It nests in colonies. A clutch contains two or three eggs, which are incubated for 25 or 26 days. The mew feeds on aquatic invertebrates, small fishes, rodents, wastes from fish-processing plants, and berries. It sometimes destroys the nests of other birds and eats the eggs and nestlings.

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Stable-nitrogen isotope analysis of lipid-free egg yolk suggested a gradient in trophic levels of laying females, with black terns somewhat lower than herring gulls and Caspian terns, which were, in turn, lower than mew gulls (Fig.
Mew gulls and Caspian terns with higher [Delpta]15N values of their eggs also contained chlorinated hydrocarbon concentrations higher than those found in herring gull and black tern eggs.
The nesting biology of mew gulls (Larus canus) on Kennedy Lake, British Columbia, Canada: Comparison with mew gulls in northern Europe.
Phalarope - - Pomarine Jaeger + - Parasitic Jaeger - + Long-tailed Jaeger + B Great Skua - - Franklin's Gull - - Black-headed Gull - - Mew Gull - - Thayer's Gull + + Iceland Gull - - Glaucous Gull + + Great Black-backed Gull - -
Phalarope - Pomarine Jaeger - Parasitic Jaeger - Long-tailed Jaeger B Great Skua - Franklin's Gull - Black-headed Gull - Mew Gull - Thayer's Gull + Iceland Gull - Glaucous Gull B Great Black-backed Gull -