Mew Gull

Larus canus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

MEGU

Code 6

LARCAN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mew Gull has a large range, estimated globally at 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia, and North America, this bird prefers grassland, wetland, and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 1,700,000 to 4,400,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mew Gull is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mew Gull: Medium-sized gull with gray back and upperwings, and white head, neck, breast, and belly. Bill is bright yellow. Wings have white-spotted black tips; tail is white. Feet and legs are dull yellow. Graceful, bouyant flight. Undulating, with several rapid wingbeats and a pause.

 

Range and Habitat

Mew Gull: Breeds from Alaska east to the Northwest Territories and south to northern Saskatchewan and along the coast to southern British Columbia. Spends winters on the Pacific coast and along the boreal forest belt of Eurasia. Found in and along coastal ranges, tidal estuaries, interior lakes, and marshy grasslands.

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Mew Gull SONGS AND CALLS

Mew Gull P1

Calls are high-pitched and squeaky.

Mew Gull A1

Various calls from a group of thirty perched birds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"kee-yer"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mew Gull has an extensive breeding range, with three distinct forms that are sometimes considered different species.
  • Although it is a common bird along the Pacific Coast, it is a rarity in the East. Birds that appear along the Atlantic Coast are likely from Europe.
  • It is the only white-headed gull that regularly uses trees for nesting.
  • 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

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
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Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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