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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

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Gull, Ivory (Provincial Rarety)
-Pagophila eburnea(Phipps)

Adults: The only gull having the entire plumage pure white with black legs. First-year birds also are easily recognized: a white gull with black legs, a narrow dark subterminal tail band, the flight feathers and many wing coverts tipped with blackish brown, and frequently a "dirty face" caused by dark smudges on face and throat. Under good conditions when the gull is perched, one may see that the feathering of tibia extends down to near the top of the tarsus, and the legs therefore appear short. Less inclined to alight on water than other gulls.