The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Kelp Gull

Afrikaans name: Kelpmeeu

Adult Kelp Gull

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Larus dominicanus

The Kelp Gull is a very widespread species. It is found over most of the Southern Hemisphere. With it being found over such a wide area it is understandable that it is known by a number of names includind Domincan Gull, Southern Black-backed Gull and Karoro. Some experts believe that the subspecies of Kelp Gull found in South Africa should be separated to a full species and called the Cape Gull.

These birds are scavengers and can be seen at rubbish dumps in some areas. Kelp Gulls also rob food from other birds such as African Penguins and Cape Gannets. They do also eat fresh food such as shellfish.

Kelp Gulls make their nest on beaches or islands. Two or three eggs are laid and are tended to by both parents.

References and further reading

Wild Issue 25 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 60

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 96

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 33

Seabirds - Author: Peter Harrison - Published: 1983 - Page: 343

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 78

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 141

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 20

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 118

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Published: 2007 - Page: 98

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 156

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 198

Two Oceans - Author: Branch, Griffiths, Branch and Beckley - Published: 2010 - Page: 350

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 206

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 200

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 272

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 276

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 205

Ocean Birds - Author: Lars Lofgren - Published: 1984 - Page: 15

Ocean Birds - Author: Lars Lofgren - Published: 1984 - Page: 227

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 14

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 138

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 19

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 54

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 54

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 32

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 97

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 33

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 107

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 61

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 103

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 125

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 183

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 183

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 133

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