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Watch: Adorable Rajasthani Snacks in a Viral Video of Siberian Seagulls Eating

When winter arrives, millions of Siberian birds migrate to India, and Rajasthan becomes a popular destination for them. Gulls, sometimes referred to as seagulls, are migratory birds that are attracted to Rajasthan because of the state’s abundance of salty food. These birds are often seen playing along the sides of the local ponds and rivers.

Gulls are medium- to large-sized birds with webbed feet and grey or white plumage. They also sometimes have black markings on their heads or wings. Gulls are mostly ground-nesting predators, with a focus on the Larus species. They have opportunistic eating habits, scavenging or preying on live food to survive. They usually eat fish, crabs, mollusks, and small birds.

Gulls are renowned for their versatility and are exceptional in that they can move fluidly between the air, water, and ground. Their desalination gland, which is situated above their snout and allows them to drink both fresh and saltwater, is one of their distinguishing characteristics. These salt glands, which are attached to their bills, help control the amount of salt in their bodies, enabling them to drink saltwater or eat food that has a high salt content.

Seagulls are very opportunistic eaters that may be seen consuming a wide variety of foods. They have been drawn by the abundance of salty food to the Chambal River and Kota Barrage in the winter months in recent years. Although fish, crabs, and insects make up their main food, the people often give them flour balls to help them stay nourished.

The smaller black-backed and brown-headed gulls are two of the most common species seen here; each year, around a thousand of these birds come for the briny feast. Seagulls are said to be clever birds that display interesting behaviors, such as the unusual hunting technique known as “worm charming.” White-winged gulls stamp the ground repeatedly when it rains, causing vibrations that draw earthworms to the surface and make it easier to catch them as food.

These migratory guests will soon return to their natural habitats as March temperatures climb. Naturalist A. H. Zaidi emphasized the value of feeding procedures at Kota Barrage and Chambal River, demonstrating how crucial it is to keep these bird visitors’ diets balanced. Because of their amazing adaptability and peculiar behavior, seagulls continue to astound onlookers as they inhabit the region’s many ecosystems.

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