Adult: Pale gray mantle. Wingtips
black, with dots seen in flight. A black ring girds the yellow bill. Yellow legs, Yellow
eye. Tan streaks on head and nape. Neck, breast and tail are white.
Breeding adult: Head
and neck white - streaks are lost.
Immature: Mottled gray-brown above. Narrow tail band on white tail. Black-tipped
pink bill and feet.
Habitat: All saltwater and freshwater habitats. Shopping centers, parking
lots, urban areas and landfills, and unfortunately, airports.
A Florida resident October through May.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia
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