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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Key words: Ross's Gull; Rhodostethia rosea, courtship; Arctic; isolation; breeding
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The endangered Ross's Gull blew in accidentally from the Arctic in severe gales two weeks ago.
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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.
MANY rarities have been spotted in March, including a Siberian Pine Bunting in Yorkshire and a Ross's Gull from the Arctic in Scotland.
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.
An adult Ross's gull reported from Martin Mere at Blackpool on Monday may not have been a summer migrant, but this is a peak time for this enigmatic arctic rarity to show up - if only it could find its way to Wheatear Corner...
-BIRDWATCHERS in Ireland have been treated to the rare sight of a Ross's Gull from the Canadian Arctic.
This review summarizes breeding records of Ross's gull in Greenland with special emphasis on the period between 1979 and 2007.