February 7, 2013

New Relict Gull colony found
in Inner Mongolia, China

An important new Relict Gull Larus relictus site has been found in Inner Mongolia, the Chinese Journal of Zoology reports.

In May 2012 a total of 640 Relict Gulls, including 285 individuals sitting on nests, were counted at Aotai lake in the western suburbs of the regional capital, Hohhot, according to the brief report posted online in English and Chinese: see here.

The birds were seen on four islets in the lake and nesting 20-50 cm above the water level.

(Info supplied by Michael Rank via OrientalBirding, the mailing list of the Oriental Bird Club.)

Relict Gull, adult, Khar Us Nuur,
NW Mongolia, May 2010. © A. Buchheim


egor_13 said...

Dear colleagues,
concerning a Relict Gull distribution and its dynamics, there is an interesting point to your attention, which I got to know from hydrologists. The dry climatic period in the Selenga River catchment and more eastwards, which is going recently, is the longest among dry periods of the recent (at least) half-century. Previous ones, e.g. the border between 1970s and 1980s, have been c. 7-8 years long, while the recent one is going already 16 years long. Indeed, recent variations in the distribution of steppe shorebirds & waterbirds in Mongolia and around should be much significant in the light of one said above.
Igor F

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