Two adult Vega Gull (Larus vegae) on the roof of Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan - November 2014
Local Name (Japan) - Seguro-kamome (背グローかもめ) "Black-backed Gull"
OTHER NAMES: East Siberian Gull, East Siberian Herring Gull
The Vega Gull is the East Asian equivalent of the Herring Gull, and was until fairly recently considered to be a subspecies of that group. Unlike the Herring Gull in the UK however, in Japan it is primarily a Winter visitor. However, it seems to generally be more closely tied to water at this point, generally being found along rivers and coasts. In the north of the country it seems to be displaced as the most common large gull species by the Slaty Backed Gull.
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Widespread Winter Migrant
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List