Scarce winter visitor. Difficult to distinguish from the more widespread Caspian Gull, to which this species is closely related. A coastal bird; up to 20 counted along the coast in mid December 2007.
Where in Kuwait
A coastal species sometimes found in mixed flocks of large white-headed gulls in the winter months. Adult birds may have a variable, broad, black sub-terminal band near the tip of the bill and this can be a distinguishing feature if seen well.
In the world
This species nests beside mountain lakes in Georgia, Armenia, Turkey and western Iran. The largest colonies are at Lake Sevan and Lake Arpi in Armenia. It is a partial migrant with many birds wintering on the coasts of Turkey, Lebanon and Israel. Smaller numbers reach Cyprus, Egypt and the Arabian Gulf. The Armenian Gull (Larus armenicus) is a large gull found in the Caucasus and Middle East. It was formerly classified as a subspecies of the Herring Gull (L. argentatus) but is now generally considered to be a separate species although BirdLife International lumps it with the Yellow-legged Gull (L. michahellis).
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