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third cycle
glaucoides
Iceland Gull
Fig 1) This bird is nearly adult in plumage, but note the dark bill. February 3, 2012. Southwest Iceland. Photo courtesy of Omar Runolfsson.

Fig 2) This bird has an adult-like bill, but has vestiges of sub-adult plumage in the coverts. February 3, 2012. Southwest Iceland. Photo courtesy of Omar Runolfsson.

Fig 3) This bird was in Japan, where Iceland Gulls are quite rare. Compare its size with the Black-tailed Gull behind it. The eyes of both birds should be pale, but the image doens't capture that. Aging pale gulls can be tough. Note the immature bill coloration and brownish smudging on the underparts. February, 2000. Japan. Photo courtesy of Nobuo Matumura.