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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Larus
Genus species:Larus fuliginosus

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The lava gull is dark gray with a black head and wings. There is white around its eyes, and the eyelids are red.
Habitat:Inshore waters
Diet:Carnivore: carrion, eggs, lizards, newly hatched iguanas and turtles, fish, small crustaceans
Reproduction:Two eggs are laid by the female and are then incubated for 30 days. The chicks fledge when they are 60 days old.
Lava gulls are solitary nesters.
Behavior:This species is highly territorial.
Status:Vulnerable
Interesting Facts:There are only 400 pairs of these birds known to be alive today.

Other Information

Geographic:Galapagos Islands Date:1974-07 Subjects:Lava gull
gull-like bird
Dusky gull
Larus
Gulls
Laridae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata