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second cycle
Slaty-backed Gull

Fig 1) Note the very dark mantle coming in; pale tips to primaries; and pale greater coverts. February 5, 1995, Ventura, California. Photo courtesy of Don DesJardin.

Fig 2) Zoom of Figure 1. Note the pale eye; relatively small, straight, yet thick/stout bill with pink base to lower mandible; and the smudge around the eye. For another photo of this bird, along with a detailed analysis, take a look at Quiz Gull #7.