KELP GULL

(Larus dominicanus)

Previously known as Southern Black-backed Gull (Roberts 5)

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Roberts VI / VII 312 / 313
Clements 2000 67.0130
Howard & Moore 2 (CBOS 5) 61-22
Two sub-species found in Southern Africa (L.d.judithae - above and L.d.vitula - see below). Photo above is of L.d.vitula
A large bird, (56 to 60 cm), found throughout the southern hemisphere. In southern Africa the endemic sub species (L. d. vitula) is common throughout the range, while the second sub-species (L. d. judithae) is a rare vagrant.   It inhabits estuaries, coastal beaches and offshore waters. It lives mainly on fish, offal and sand-mussels.
L. d vitula possible separate species - Cape Gull (see * below)

List of Stamps showing Kelp Gull

 Country

SG

Michel

Year

Value

British Antarctic Territories 0299 0285 1998 1
Falkland Islands 0194  0124 1960 1d
Falkland Islands 0674  0578 1993 72p
Falkland Islands  0860   1999 9p
French Southern & Antarctic Territories 0210 0210 1986 4f 60
Korea (North) 3058 3204 1991 50ch
Namibia* 1020   2006 N$3.10
New Zealand 1958   1996 40c
South Africa     2009 Int Letter (R5.40) 
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands 0161 0150 1987 1p
South West Africa 0396   1982 25c