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Charadriiformes / Lari - Galapagos Gulls
 
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Shorebirds, Charadriiformes
Pterocli - Sandgrouse
Charadrii - Shorebirds
Families: Seedsnipe, Plains-wanderer, Thick-knees, Plovers and Lapwings, Oystercatchers,
    IbisbillStilts and Avocets, Painted Snipe, Jacanas, Magellanic Plover, Sheathbills,
    Sandpipers, Phalaropes
Lari - Gulls, Terns, Skimmers
Families: Crab Plovers, Pratiincoles and Coursers, Jaegers and Skuas, Gulls, Terns, Skimmers
Alcae - Auks
Families: Auks
 
Species:  
Pacific Golden-Plover, Southern Lapwing, Blackish Oystercatcher,
American Black Oystercatcher
, Silver Gull, Western Gull, Heermann's Gull, Lava Gull, Swallow-tailed Gull, Kelp Gull, Dolphin Gull, South American Tern
 
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Sanderling, Willet, Piping and Semipalmated Plovers,
Masked, Southern, Red-wattled, and Northern Lapwings
, White-tailed Plover,
Eurasian, Blackish, and American Black Oystercatchers, Pied Stilt,
Northern and Wattled Jacanas, Snowy SheathbillWillet, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper,
Red Phalarope, Alaskan shorebirds, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Black Skimmer,
South Polar Skua
, Bonaparte's Gull, Fairy Tern, Black Skimmer,
Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Klittliz's Murrelet, Black Guillemot, and Tufted Puffin
 
  Lava (Dusky) Gull, Larus fuliginosus
 
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     The Lava Gull is uniformly dark with white eyebrows. Their legs and feet are black but the inside of their mouth is scarlet. Immatures are largely brown.
   Lava Gulls are scavengers and will also eat lizards, hatchling iguanas and turtles, and may catch fish and small crustaceans.
   They are solitary nesters. As scavengers, young become independent quickly after fledging. Their are only about 400 pairs scattered around the Galapagos, especially around ports and other areas where garbage may be discarded.
 
Lava Gull

Lava Gull

Note impervious nostril (you can look right through it to the other side)

Lava Gull
 
  Swallow-tailed Gull, Larus (Creagrus) furcatus 
 
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     The Swallow-tailed Gull is the only nocturnal gull in the world. In addition to normal calls, they utter a rapid  clicking sound that may be the basis for echolocation at night. Gulls are less common on the eastern islands and during the non-breeding season they move to the coastal waters of Ecuador and Peru where they are entirely pelagic.
   Individuals leave the nest site at dusk and forage well out to sea. They probably feed on small fish and squid and can make use of bioluminescence by marine organisms while feeding. The red eye ring is thought to aid in night vision? They are also the only gull with white young - an aide in locating their chicks when returning at night?  The white patch at the base of the bill may guide the feeding chick.
   During our travels around the islands, we were often followed at night by gulls pacing the ship's progress. When moored with lights attracting fish (and sea lions and sharks), the gulls joined in feeding around the ship.
       
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  Adult Note chick behind the adult
 
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