Black-headed gulls gather in central China's wetlands

Black-headed gulls were spotted flying and foraging in Baigui Lake National Wetland Park of Pingdingshan City, central China's Henan Province, attracting streams of tourists.

Most birds moult twice a year, resulting in a breeding or nuptial plumage (in summer) and a basic plumage (in winter). They moult into colorful feathers during the breeding season to mate and change them into less colorful feathers to better disguise themselves from enemies. Black-headed gulls replace the coffee-brown feathers on their heads in summer with white feathers in winter.

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