Relict Gull Larus relictus

Family: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)

Authority: Lönnberg, 1931

Red List Category

Criteria: A3c

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is suspected that it will undergo rapid population declines in the next three generations. It breeds at a small number of wetland locations in arid regions which are vulnerable to human disturbance and strongly influenced by changes in climate, and it now appears that the vast majority of birds are dependent on intertidal habitats in the Bohai Bay during the non-breeding season. The severe and increasing threat of reclamation of these  coastal wetlands for development is likely to be the primary driver of future declines.

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 (2023) Species factsheet: Larus relictus. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.