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First record of Hartlaub’s Gull Chroicocephalus hartlaubii for Mozambique


Permière mention de la Mouette de Hartlaub Chroicocephalus hartlaubii pour le Mozambique. Le 26 décembre 2017, une Mouette de Hartlaub Chroicocephalus hartlaubii juvénile a été photographiée à Maputo. L’oiseau a été revu le 9 janvier 2018 dans les mêmes environs. Ces observations sont les premières pour le Mozambique.

On 26 December 2017 at c.14:00 hrs, whilst waiting for a ferry to Inhaca Island at the Porto da Pesca in Maputo, Mozambique (25°58’35”S 32°34’15”E), MC noticed a group of 8–10 gulls on the roof of a shed just south of the fishing wharf. Most were Grey-headed Gulls Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus of different ages, but one appeared slightly, but conspicuously, smaller. On closer examination it showed a uniformly dark bill, dark eye, and plain face with limited smudging on the head. The weather was overcast, with light rain and moderate winds of c.15– 20 knots.

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