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Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla  

En. Kittiwake, Da. Ride, Du. Drieteenmeeuw, Fi. Pikkukajava, Fr. Mouette tridactyle,
Ge. Dreizehenmöwe, It. Gabbiano tridattilo, No. Krykkje, Sp. Gaviota tridáctila, Sw. Tretåig mås

Photo: © Klaus Bjerre   www.kbphoto.dk

The Kittiwake is the most numerous gull in the world with about 7 million pairs.
It is found in polar and temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere
where it breeds in large colonies during the summer while it spends all winter
without touching land in the middle of the northern oceans.

© Arthur Grosset
The immatures in this photo have a black zigzag pattern across the upper wing,
a black half collar at the back of the neck, a black bill and a black band just before the tip of the tail.

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It has a fairly large head and short legs in comparison with the rest of its body.
The adult has a blue-grey mantle and upper wings, a yellow bill and black legs.
The wings have a small black triangle at the tips.

© Arthur Grosset
It has a thin red eye ring which you can just make out in this photo.

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Photo © Jørgen Scheel
Picture: © Jørgen Scheel
Number of Kittiwakes observed near Korshage in Denmark 1977-2003

© Arthur Grosset


over 250


over 500


over 225
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