A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Audouin's Gull


Still a comparatively rare gull, but a significant increase in Western Mediterranean  in recent years (10,000 pairs). Here seen on the southern and western shores of Symi in single numbers. An elegant bird and a more graceful flier with much more gliding than a herring gull. Easily distinguishable from the only other gull seen hereabouts, the yellow legged gull, by its black legs and dark red beak. It rarely scavenges like other gulls but feeds exclusively on fish snatched from the surface or in deeper plunge dives.



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