Rhodostethia rosea (W Macgillivray, 1842)
Family: Charadriiformes > Laridae
Sightings of this small Arctic-breeding gull are mostly confined to northern counties of Britain & Ireland, but it has been recorded in all months of the year.
Even now, there is much to be learned about this delicate gull; its breeding grounds were only found in 1905, and its wintering range is still poorly known – but thought to be largely within the Arctic Circle, north of the breeding areas.
Young Kittiwakes have a distinctive wing pattern, but several sought-after rarer species have similar markings - how can you tell them apart?
This video looks at several Gulls in juvenile plumage- Kittiwake, Little Gull, Black-headed Gull, Sabine's Gull and Ross's Gull.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.
Occupied 10-km squares in UK
|No. occupied in winter||1|
|% occupied in winter||0.03|
This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.
|% change in range in winter (1981–84 to 2007–11)||--100%|
Ross's Gull is a very rare vagrant, with most records in winter, but occasional birds in spring.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about Ross's Gull, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
|Field Codes||2-letter: QG | 5-letter code: ROSGU | Euring: 6010|
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