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