Matsu gull watching

Matsu Seagulls


On Matsu Dongyin Island, black-tailed gulls can be seen almost all year round, but they belong to different groups; there are wintering groups, transiting groups, and breeding groups. The population that breeds on Dongyin Island is the only one in China, and it is also the southernmost population of black-tailed gulls known to breed in the world.

black-tailed gull

Roseate terns are also called pink terns because during the breeding season, the feathers on their chest and abdomen turn light pink; at the beginning of the breeding season, their beaks are black, and then slowly turn red. Although the red tern is not listed as a protected wild animal in China, it is considered a vulnerable protected bird internationally.

red tern

The Green Tern is all white except for a light gray back and black feet and black beak. Its most obvious feature is a black triangular turban tied behind its head, so some people call them Black-naped Tern.

Green Tern

The white-browed tern is characterized by its white forehead and eyebrow line, and when viewed from the front, it looks like it has a V-shaped pattern on its head that represents victory.

White-browed Tern

The great crested tern is one of the larger birds in the genus Tern. Its most obvious feature is the black crest on its head that can stand up, like a fashionable punk head.

Great Crested Tern

The Black-billed Crested Tern is the rarest species of gull family. According to the book "THREATENED BIRDS OF THE WORLD" published by BirdLife International in 2000, it is estimated that there are less than 50 individuals in the world; therefore, among birds It is listed as "endangered" in the Red Book.
The bill is orange, with one third of the tip of the bill being black, but the tip is white, and the top of the head is black. During breeding, it is the same as the great crested tern, with crest feathers on the back. Later in the breeding season, the feathers on the forehead slowly change to the top of the head. The feathers are white, with only a black crest on the back, which is the feather color during the non-breeding season. The body feathers are white, but the back is grayer. The secondary flight feathers are darker toward the outer edges and tips, and the feet are black. The main food is fish.

Black-billed Crested Tern (mythical bird)