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Red-billed gull

Tarapunga | Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus

Has a white head and body, grey wings, red bill and red feet

Often seen waiting for your left over fish and chips at the beach

Feeds on plankton, fish and marine invertebrates, and also scavenges

Breeds in colonies in coastal areas and offshore islands, October to February

Travel around New Zealand, usually remaining within 400 km of their colony

NZ Conservation status Nationally vulnerable

More than 6000 red-billed gulls form a colony on the Kaik?ura Peninsula. The birds have been studied here since the 1960s to learn more about their social organisation and habits. Banded birds are commonly seen around the area.

Red-billed gulls are found around the southern hemisphere and are called silver gulls in Australia. This particular subspecies is only found in New Zealand.

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Red-billed gull

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Tarapunga | Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus

Has a white head and body, grey wings, red bill and red feet

Often seen waiting for your left over fish and chips at the beach

Feeds on plankton, fish and marine invertebrates, and also scavenges

Breeds in colonies in coastal areas and offshore islands, October to February

Travel around New Zealand, usually remaining within 400 km of their colony

NZ Conservation status Nationally vulnerable

More than 6000 red-billed gulls form a colony on the Kaik?ura Peninsula. The birds have been studied here since the 1960s to learn more about their social organisation and habits. Banded birds are commonly seen around the area.

Red-billed gulls are found around the southern hemisphere and are called silver gulls in Australia. This particular subspecies is only found in New Zealand.