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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

9. The Herring Gull
(Larus argentatus)

9. The Herring Gull

The Herring Gull is one of the best known birds of harbour and shore . Its screams greet alike the trawlers bringing fish to a northern port and the tourists on a southern pier. It is ever ready to snatch a fish from a net or catch a piece of bun thrown by a friend. The adult is a handsome creature in its snowy white plumage with grey mantle, black-tipped wings, pale pink legs and feet, and yellow bill splashed with scarlet, while its red-rimmed lemon eyes are sharp indeed.