Glaucous Gull

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Common Name: Glaucous Gull
Scientific Name: Larus hyperboreus

Size: 27 inches (68.5 cm)

Habitat: North America and Eurasia; Arctic regions of the northern hemisphere and the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is migratory, wintering from in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans as far south as the British Isles and northernmost states of the USA, also on the Great Lakes. A few birds sometimes reach the southern USA and northern Mexico.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 340,000 - 2,400,000 mature individuals.

Diet: Small fish and animals.

Nesting: This species breeds colonially or singly on coasts and cliffs, making a lined nest on the ground or cliff. Normally, 2-4 light brown eggs with dark chocolate splotches are laid.

Cool Facts: They will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey. These birds forage while swimming or walking, also may pick up items off water or catch small birds while flying. They often follow fishing boats and are one of the most predatory gulls.


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