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Branta Cover Language of the article: Russian Cite: Tsvelykh, A. N. (2016). Distribution of Larus michahellis J.F. Naumann and Larus cachinnans Pallas on the Crimean Peninsula. Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 19, 160-165 Keywords: Larus michahellis, Larus cachinnans, distribution, numbers, Crimea, Ukraine Views: 356 Branta copyright Branta license

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Branta: Transactions of the Azov-Black Sea Ornithological Station, 160-165

Distribution of Larus michahellis J.F. Naumann and Larus cachinnans Pallas on the Crimean Peninsula

A. N. Tsvelykh

Reviews of the museum collections and visual observations showed that it is not Larus cachinnans which is common in most of the Crimean Peninsula, but a sibling species - Larus michahellis. The latter breeds on coastal cliffs of the southern shore of the Crimea, and its colonies can be also found in the west of the Tarkhankut Peninsula and in the north of the Kerch Peninsula. Larus cachinnans breeds on flat islands near the northern coast of the Crimean Peninsula. According to the census of nesting gulls on the coastal cliffs of the Crimea, the Crimean population of Larus michahellis equals to about 250 pairs.

 

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