Relict Gull Larus relictus
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Family: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)

Authority: Lönnberg, 1931

Red List Category

Criteria: D2

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Vulnerable because its population breeds at a small number of wetland locations in arid regions that could be strongly influenced by changes in climate. With such a restricted breeding distribution it is therefore susceptible to stochastic effects and human impacts. The population is also thought to be declining as a result of reclamation of coastal wetlands for development, and human disturbance on breeding grounds that has caused increased mortality of eggs and chicks.

Population size: 10000-19999

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,670,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Larus relictus. Downloaded from on 19/11/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 19/11/2017.