Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

YLGU

Code 6

LARCAC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Yellow-legged Gull has an expansive range reaching up to around 1 to 10 million square kilometers. This bird can be found throughout much of northern Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia. There are also vagrant populations in the United States, eastern Africa and areas of Europe as well. This bird prefers a marine environment where it appears in inland rivers, streams, lakes and marshes as well as coastal beaches and cliffs or salt exploitation sites and water storage areas. It also appears in pasturelands or even urban settings. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 770,000 to 1.8 million individual birds. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Yellow-legged Gull have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-legged Gull: Large white gull, medium gray upperparts and red spot on bright yellow bill; legs and feet are yellow. Tail is white. Wades or makes shallow dives to catch food, steals, scavenges. Strong, direct flight with deep, steady wing beats. Rides thermals and updrafts, sometimes hovers.

 

Range and Habitat

Yellow-legged Gull: A European and Asian gull that very rarely wanders to Newfoundland or the north Atlantic Coast. Has been recorded near North Carolina. Breeds along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. Some migrate south into Africa in winter. Mostly found near ocean coastlines or near large bodies of water.

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Yellow-legged Gull SONGS AND CALLS

Yellow-legged Gull F1

Calls from a pair at nesting site.

Yellow-legged Gull H1

"Ow-ow-ow" calls given in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kee-yow"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Yellow-legged Gull was first described in 1840 by Friedrich Naumann, a German scientist and editor.
  • It is now generally accepted that the Yellow-legged Gull is a full species, but until recently there was much disagreement.
  • It was sometimes considered to be part of the same species as the Caspian Gull and the combined species was then called Larus cachinnans.
  • A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

David Lukas

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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