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Red-billed gull.  (Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus) | by Bernard Spragg
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Red-billed gull. (Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus)

Red-billed gulls are found in most coastal locations throughout New Zealand. They are also commonly found in towns, scavenging on human refuse and offal from fish and meat processing works. They are seldom found inland. On mainland New Zealand, breeding occurs in dense colonies, mainly restricted to the eastern coasts of the North and South Islands on stacks, cliffs, river mouths and sandy and rocky shores. On outlying islands they breed on the Chatham, Campbell, Snares and Auckland Islands. Here, their nests are concealed and located singly or in small groups.

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Taken on May 30, 2017