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I took that picture yesterday in Galveston, TX. I initially thought it was a Herring but that head looks way too white to me and I don't see enough contrast between the mantle and the underparts to call it a lesser black-backed (bill color does not seems quite right either). Always a difficult group for me and I would love to hear more opinions.

thanks in advance

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Herring are seemingly endlessly variable, lighter and darker heads and varying mantle shades, among other things. I'd call this a Herring.

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Agree with Herring, note the dark outer primaries with pale inner primary "window", dark secondaries, stout bill.

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