The Distribution of gull Larus species on the Red Sea coast of Sudan

  • TM Blackburn
  • JP Bird


We present information on the status of gull species on the Red Sea coast of Sudan on the basis of observations made during a ten day visit to the region in January 2010. Seven gull taxa were recorded in this time. Sooty Larus hemprichii, Slender-billed L. genei, and Pallas’s L. ichthyaetus Gulls were all widespread along the coast, with Sooty Gull being the most abundant species encountered. Our sightings confirmed Pallas’s Gull as a winter visitor to this coast, and showed that Slender-billed Gull is widespread here. White-eyed L. leucophthalmus, Steppe L. (cachinnans) barabensis, Baltic L. fuscus fuscus, and Black-headed L. ridibundus Gulls were also encountered, but only around the harbours of Port Sudan and Suakin.

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