Glaucous-winged Gull

Larus glaucescens

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

GWGU

Code 6

LARGLS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Glaucous-winged Gull has a current classification of Least Concern. The prior rating of this bird was Lower Risk. The range of this bird is estimated to be around 1 million square kilometers. The population of the Glaucous-winged Gull is believed to exceed half a million individual birds. This bird is native to North America as well as Russia and Japan. It is also a visitor to Spain, Hong Kong, China and Morocco. The population of this bird species is stable enough that there is not believed to be any reason for concern at this time.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Glaucous-winged Gull: This large gull has gray upperparts with white underparts, head and neck. The eyes are dark and the bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. The wings are gray with white edges and spots near the tips. The legs and feet are pink. It feeds on fish, small birds, or almost anything. It has a powerful direct flight and often soars on thermals. The sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Glaucous-winged Gull: Resident from the Aleutians and coastal Alaska south to northwestern Washington. Spends winters south along the Pacific coast to Baja California. Preferred habitats include salt or brackish water along coasts, bays, estuaries, islands, beaches, mud flats, and nearby offshore waters; often found at wharves, dumps, fish canneries, and around fishing boats.

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Glaucous-winged Gull SONGS AND CALLS

Glaucous-winged Gull A1

Call is a repeated "keow".

Glaucous-winged Gull A2

High-pitched calls from a juvenile.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Kak-kak-kak", " wow"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Glaucous-winged Gull has been known to kill and eat rabbits and pigeons, as well as Glaucous-winged Gull chicks.
  • Older birds are more efficient at finding food than younger birds.
  • They nest on roofs of buildings in some areas. They prefer to nest on flat roofs, but will nest on peaked roofs in flat areas near chimneys or other structures.
  • 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.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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