Black-legged Kittiwake

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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A adult Kittiwake in winter plumage at Heysham Power Station in Lancashire ,NW England. My first of 2014 and the closest I have been able to approach one. Normally I see them on the Cumbrian coast at St Bees on the nesting cliffs and at a distance.
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In North America, this species is known as the Black-legged Kittiwake to differentiate it from the Red-legged Kittiwake, but in Europe, where it is the only member of the genus, it is often known just as Kittiwake.
The adults is 37–41 cm (15–16 in) in length with a wingspan of 91–105 cm (36–41 in) and a body mass of 305–525 g (10.8–18.5 oz). It has a white head and body, grey back, grey wings tipped solid black, and have black legs and a yellow bill. Occasional individuals have pinky-grey to reddish legs, inviting confusion with Red-legged Kittiwake. In winter, this species acquires a dark grey smudge behind the eye and a grey hind-neck collar. The name is derived from its call, a shrill ‘kittee-wa-aaake, kitte-wa-aaake’.
At fledging, the juveniles differ from the adults in having a black ‘W’ band across the length of the wings and whiter secondary and primary feathers behind the black ‘W’, a black hind-neck collar and a black terminal band on the tail.
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