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Brown Hooded Gull

The Brown Hooded Gull (Larus maculipennis) gets its name for an obvious reason. Standing at approximately 35cm this bird has a distinct dark-brown head, combined with white and grey plumage over the rest of its body and dark plumage on the tips of its wings and tail feathers. Its beak, feet, and legs are red. According to the Coastal Patagonia Bird and Mammal guide, written by Guillermo Harris, the Brown Hooded Gull can be found year-round throughout the Valdes Peninsula. Courting and mating behavior begins in October, the chicks will hatch in November and will abandon their nest in February.  They are easily observed along the coast of Puerto Madryn and El Doradillo.

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