Belcher's Gull

Larus belcheri

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

BEGU

Code 6

LARBEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Belcher's Gull, formerly known as the Band-tailed Gull, is usually found in coastal habitats of Peru, Chile, and southern Ecuador. It has also showed up in areas outside of its normal range including Panama, and the United States. The estimated global population of this species is 1,000-10,000 individuals. Due to a stable population, this species has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Belcher's Gull: Formerly known as the Band-tailed Gull. Has a mostly white body with black back, distinctive black tail band, yellow legs, feet. Black wings with white trailing edges. Yellow bill; lower mandible tipped with red, upper mandible tipped with black. Strong direct flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Belcher's Gull: This species is native to the Pacific Coast of South America from Ecuador south to Chile. They occur accidentally near Baja California and the Gulf of Mexico near Florida. Preferred habitats include rocky or sandy seashore, shallow coastal habitats, tidal flats, mudflats and open sea.

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Belcher's Gull SONGS AND CALLS

Belcher's Gull A1

Typical calls.

Belcher's Gull A2

Calls from a few birds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

Unknown

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The name of this bird commemorates the British explorer Sir Edward Belcher.
  • Throughout the guano islands of Peru, Belcher's Gull is regarded as the most serious enemy of guano-producing birds. In most guano-islands, guardians are encouraged to shoot the gulls in order to reduce the population.
  • 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

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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