Sabine's Gull

Sabine's Gull
Linda Williams

Sabine's Gull
Xema sabini
  • Comments:  Sabine’s Gulls nest in marshy areas of the arctic tundra and winter in subtropical and tropical coastal areas off South America and Africa. Breeding adults have black heads, yellow-tipped black bills and black legs. In flight, all ages show a unique wing pattern with dark primaries, large white triangles on the trailing edge of each wing and a gray or brown triangle across the back. Great Plains observations are of single birds or small flocks during fall migration.
  • Sabine's Gulls occur in small numbers or are found only in localized sites within the Great Plains.

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