BONAPARTE'S GULL Larus philadelphia

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A North American inland breeder, fairly regular in Britain in all plumages, and one of the world's smallest gulls. At one time 1st winter birds were the most common plumage seen in Europe, but it seems now that several birds are living out their lives on this side of the Atlantic, an example being the adult which has returned to summer in Kent for the last six years at least. It is actually named after Napoleon's cousin, not the famous emperor.

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