Gray-hooded Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Laridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, alternate | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lima, Peru

Age: Adult, basic| Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lima, Peru

ge: Adult, alternate | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Arequipa/Lima

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lima

Identification & Behavior: ~42 cm (16.5 in). The Gray-hooded Gull in basic plumage is white with a light gray back, grayish top of the head and nape, and reddish bill and legs.  Birds in alternate plumage show a gray head and bright red bill and legs.  Adult birds have pale iris. Juvenile birds have mottled brown backs and brownish top of the head and nape area. The bill is pale with a black tip and reddish legs. See basic plumages and juvenile  Andean Gull and Brown-hooded Gull.

Status: The Gray-hooded Gull is a common resident along the coast of Peru. It also occurs in Ec and Br.

Name in Spanish: Gaviota de Capucha Gris.

Sub-species: Gray-hooded Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus cirrocephalus), Vieillot 1818.

Meaning of Name: Chroicocephalus: Gr. khroizö= color and kephalos, kephale= his head. cirrocephalus: L. cirrhus= gray and kephalos, kephale= his head.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.