Ross's Gull

Rhodostethia rosea

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

ROGU

Code 6

RHSROS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ross’s Gull is a small gull found in Arctic regions of northern North America and northeast Siberia. During autumn months, this species will only migrate short distances to northern latitudes at the edge of the ice. Some populations will fly to northwest Europe, and a few Ross’s Gulls have been seen in Salton Sea of California. This bird prefers to breed in swamplands in arctic areas. Diets consist of a variety of small prey, and food is found by wading through mudflats. Due to maintained or increasing populations of the Ross’s Gull in recent years, the conservation rating for this species is listed currently as Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ross's Gull: The pink gull of the high Arctic. Small gull, pale gray upperparts, gray-white nape, white neck with thin black collar, and white, wedge-shaped tail; underparts are variably pink. Black bill is very short; legs, feet are orange-red. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader.


Range and Habitat

Ross's Gull: Breeds in northeastern Siberia, northern Canada, and Greenland. Common fall migrant along northern coast of Alaska. Accidental or casual to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, northern Midwest U.S. and New England shore as far south as New Jersey. Believed to winter at sea. Only known nesting area in North America is near Churchill, Manitoba.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"ah-wo, ah-wo", "clah-clah-clah", "prrew", "p-dew", "kik-kik-kik-kik-kik", "miaw-miaw"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ross's Gull is named after the British explorer James Clark Ross.
  • The appearance of one in settled areas attracts hundreds of observers and often makes headlines in newspapers.
  • A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Ross's Gull

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

David Lukas

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X