- Conservation status
- In some trouble
The red-billed gull is here, squawking onto the Bird of the Year stage for another year. Dapper, roguishly charming, notorious for their criminal tendencies – red-bills are the John Dillinger or the Captain Jack Sparrow of the New Zealand bird world. They're a familiar sight to a lot of us New Zealanders, but many are unaware of the problems red-billed gulls actually face. It's high time these unfairly maligned seabirds got the love and attention they deserve.
You may think the red-billed gull is safe and sound, just out there stealing your chips. But this classic beach buddy has seen its population decline over the years, and Team Red Bill is concerned.
Red-bill spokesbird Olivia (who recently lost her husband) says it best: "SQQQQQQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR!!!"
["support the Red-Billllllllllllllllllllllllllll"]
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