Gaviota picofina (Larus genei)

Life history of a slended-billed gull in the San Pedro del Pinatar salt flats

A month ago, we told you the interesting life history of 4 spoonbills that were born in France and that visited the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar (you can check the news here).

Today we bring you the story of a slender-billed gull (Larus genei) that was born in the Regional Park of the Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar.

Still rounded like a chick in 2011 with PVC rings for remote reading, we know that since then it has visited different places in the Iberian Peninsula:

  • in September 2014 it was seen for the first time since its ringing in the Salinas de Bonanza (Cádiz)
  • in April 2017 it was seen again in El Pinet (Santa Pola, Alicante)
  • and in August of last year she was last seen in Isla Cristina (Huelva)

In our peninsula, this species is rare and its colonies are very localized, since it is a very sensitive species to habitat fragmentation, predators and the alteration of the wetlands on which they usually settle.

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