Larus pipixcan (Franklin's gull) 

Franklinse meeu [Afrikaans]; Franklin-meeuw [Dutch]; Mouette de Franklin [French]; Franklins mwe [German]; Gaivota de Franklin [Portuguese]

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Larus pipixcan (Franklin's gull) 

Franklin's gull in non-breeding plumage, Strandfontein Sewerage Works, South Africa.  [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

Distribution and habitat

Breeds in the interior of North Africa, travelling south in the non-breeding season to the Pacific coast of south America;  it is a vagrant to Australia, central Pacific islands, Europe and Africa. Within southern Africa it has been recorded several times on the coast of the south-Western Cape, central Namibia, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, with a single record inland at Rolfe's Pan, Gauteng. It generally prefers open coastline, sheltered coastal lagoons, estuaries and sewage ponds.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 



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