Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
 
Status in the Checklist Area - (5) - Accidental
     
 
Information

A very dark-backed Asian gull that may breed in small numbers in northern Alaska during the summer. Migrates through the east coast of Asia to Korea. Rarely encountered in North America outside of northern Alaska. Usually found among flocks of gulls.

Similar species:
Western Gulls also have dark backs. Hybrid Western x Glaucous-winged Gulls, which can have variable streaked heads in the winter and darker wingtips and backs, could cause confusion. Slaty-backed Gulls also hybridize with Glaucous-winged Gulls in Siberia. Watch for pale eye, fairly crisp streaks on head and neck often concentrated at the eye (giving a frown appearance), black wing-tips and white subterminal spots on outstretched wings at the primaries (referred to as "the string-of-pearls"). See photographs below.

Sources:
Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
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Noteworthy Data
 
Date
Location
Sources
Comments
3-Jan-2009 Abbotsford G. Gadsden Adult among flock of gulls. Recorded for Christmas Bird Count. Last sighting 8 Feb 2009
24-Jan-2008 Chilliwack G. Gadsden Second winter in mixed flock, East Chilliwack field.
29-Dec-2007 Abbotsford G. Gadsden Adult among flock of gulls. Recorded for Christmas Bird Count. Likely same bird as seen 13 Nov 2007 - 24 Nov 2007
13-Nov-2007 Matsqui Flats, Abbotsford C. Jury Observed feeding in fields in area until 24 Nov 2007
22-Jan-2006 Chilliwack G. Gadsden Adult feeding in fields. Last sighting 9 Feb 2006
 
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