Pacific Gull eating a dead cuttlefish

on 29th December 2018
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This large and heavily billed black and white Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) has a loud call when alarmed – honking oww, oww muffled with auk, auk auk. It is solitary and found mainly in coastal areas.

Video grab.

This gull feeds on fish and squids, sea urchins, crabs, molluscs and bird eggs and their chicks. Hard shelled prey are dropped from a height before and the soft parts picked and eaten.

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This particular gull was seen pecking on a dead cuttlefish at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia in November 2017 – see video below.

Teo Lee Wei & K
19th December 2018

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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One Response

  1. The Gull has expended so much energy on pecking the fish, hardly getting anything down its throat ! I wonder it does not grip it with a paw while it pecks ?

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