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Steppe Gull, Larus barabensis


2nd Calendar Year, February

 Yamuna River, New Delhi, India

 

This is a very heavily marked bird compared to any other 1st year barabensis that I've seen or seen pictures of.  The pale barred greater coverts are also not the usual pattern (see first picture for comparison with more typical bird). However, I am not sure what else it could be but a well-marked Caspian or Steppe gull - possibly a Heuglin's?