Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Black-billed gulls at Lake Rotorua

Black-billed gulls at Lake Rotorua

For many years the only North Island colony of black-billed gulls was on an island in Lake Rotorua, where they share a gullery with red-billed gulls. However, since the 1970s they have become established at several other North Island river bed and coastal sites.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Red- and black-billed gulls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 November 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015