Birds Living by Richard Stade - RStade

Ring-billed Gull – Ring-billed Gull (left) chasing Forster's Tern for fish

Larus delawarensis

November – Texas

L=17.5”...... WS=48”...... WT=1.1 lb Order: Charadriiformes (Shorebirds, Gulls, Auks, Allies) Family: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Allies)

Some birds, such as jaegers, regularly practice kleptoparasitism, a foraging strategy that consists of stealing food from other birds. Typically the aggressor will chase the victim until the victim drops the prey. In this case a Ring-billed Gull (left) was chasing a Forster’s Tern. The chase lasted 1 to 2 minutes at which time the Ring-billed Gull gave up and let the Forster’s Tern eat its catch.