Species boundaries in the Herring Gull and Lesser Black-Backed Gull complex

Jon Martin Collinson, D.T. Parkin, Alan Glasgow Knox, G. Sangster, L. Svensson

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Abstract

The BOURC Taxonomic Sub-committee (TSC) recently published recommendations for the taxonomy of the Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull complex (Sangster et al. 2007). Six species were recognised: Herring Gull Larus argentatus, Lesser Black-backed Gull L. fuscus, Caspian Gull L. cachinnans, Yellow-legged Gull L. michahellis, Armenian Gull L. armenicus and American Herring Gull L. smithsonian us. This paper reviews the evidence under/ying these decisions and highlights some of the areas of uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-363
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Birds
Volume101
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

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Collinson, J. M., Parkin, D. T., Knox, A. G., Sangster, G., & Svensson, L. (2008). Species boundaries in the Herring Gull and Lesser Black-Backed Gull complex. British Birds, 101(7), 340-363.