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Vega Gull

Fig 1) This bird is said to be very typical for vegae (Jon R. King pers. comm.), though the tertials are perhaps more boldly patterned than most. Photo from Japan, February.

Fig 2) This bird is not as boldly-checkered as the one above, and the juvenile scapulars seem to have been replaced , even though the bird is younger. Note that both birds are more delicately-structured than most smithsonianus. Japan. December. Photo by Wataru Kojima, copyright 2000.
Fig 3) Note the crisp patterning on the mantle and coverts also the flat-headed appearance. January 3, 1998. Choshi, Chiba Province, Honshu, Japan. Photo courtesy of Angus Wilson.