Brown-headed Gull

Brown-headed Gull
Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus, Heimahe (36.722895, 99.783520), Qinghai, China, elev. 3210 m (10,530 ft.), July. The Central Asian counterpart to Black-headed Gull C. ridibundus, Brown-headed Gull ranges from Tajikistan to Inner Mongolia. Vagrant to China coast and Taiwan. Breeding has chocolate hood, lighter on forehead. (Craig Brelsford)
Brown-headed Gull
Brown-headed Gull, Heimahe (36.722895, 99.783520), Qinghai, elev. 3210 m (10,530 ft.), July. Brown-headed Gull is larger than Black-headed Gull. Has lighter iris than Black-headed Gull and more prominent black wingtips, with 2–3 mirrors on outer primaries. (Craig Brelsford)

THE HOODED GULLS OF CHINA covers most of the species in China in the genus Chroicocephalus. Click any link:

Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei
Brown-headed Gull C. brunnicephalus
Black-headed Gull C. ridibundus
Saunders’s Gull C. saundersi

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