Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini   [Sabine, 1819]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Laridae
BTO Codes: AB, SABGU EURING No: 5790
Number in Britain: 140 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Passage Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 30 cm Wingspan: 95 cm Weight: M/F: 190 g    
Scientific name from: Xema is apparently a made-up word(!) and after Gen Sir Edward Sabine (1788-1883) English scientist and explorer
World Distribution: BREEDS: Greenland, Spitsbergen, n Russia & n North America, WINTERS: tropical e Pacific & Atlantic oceans
Habitat: Coastal wet meadows, otherwise pelagic
Diet: Mostly invertebrates and small fish
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Pembroke, 1839 (Antrim, 1822) (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
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Other Names

Previously Larus sabini
Gaelic: Welsh: Gwylan Sabine
Danish: Sabinemåge Dutch: Vorkstaartmeeuw
Finnish: Tiiralokki French: Mouette de Sabine
German: Schwalbenmöwe Hungarian: Fecskesirály
Icelandic: Þernumáfur Irish: Sléibhín Sabine
Italian: Gabbiano di Sabine Norwegian: Sabinemåke
Polish: Mewa obrozna Portuguese: Gaivota de Sabine
Spanish: Gaviota de Sabine Swedish: Tärnmås

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