Armenian Gull

Larus armenicus

Armenian Name: Հայկական որոր
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Armenian Gull

See Plate 32 for Armenian Gull and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:55-60 cm, Wing Span:131-143 cm
Distribution Map: Map 155.
Description: Dark eyes, yellow legs, and dark-banded bill.
Adult: In flight, shows extensive black area on outerwing with one white patch on outermost primary. About 90% of birds have a dark iris (brown to yellowish-gray).
Adult (Breeding): White head, underparts and tail; light gray upperparts. Legs bright orange-yellow. Bill yellow with obvious red spot near tip of lower mandible and, on about 10% of birds, a narrow black subterminal band.
Adult (Non-breeding): Bill has pale yellow tip with a well-defined black subterminal band obscuring red spot. Legs duller.
Juvenile: Dark bill; pinkish legs. Whitish head, neck, and body with finely-streaked crown and denser brown spots and streaks on nape and hindneck. Mantle and scapulars brown-gray. Outer primaries and secondaries blackish-brown contrasting with lighter upperwing coverts; usually shows a paler area on inner primaries. Clear dark underwing bar on secondaries.
First Winter: Upperparts similar to juvenile but underparts are whiter and less-streaked.
Similar Species: Differs from Yellow-legged Gull by usually showing a dark iris and black bill band.
Behavior: Gregarious. Often in fields and near refuse areas.
Habitat: Widespread near water.
Food: Wide variety of animals and plants.
Nest: Scrape among stones or grass, often under cover of shrubs.
Eggs: 70 mm, 3, greenish-brown, brown spots.