Mew or Common Gull

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Common Name: Common or Mew Gull
Scientific Name: Larus canus

Size: 11 inches (28 cm)

Habitat: Northern Hemisphere; breeds in northern Asia, northern Europe and northwestern North America. It migrates further south in winter.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 2,500,000 - 3,700,000 mature individuals

Diet: Small fish and animals by hunting or scavenging.

Nesting: They breed in colonies near water or in marshes, making a lined nest on the ground or in a small tree; colony size varies from 2 to 320 or even more pairs. Usually three eggs are laid; they hatch after 24-26 days, with the chicks fledging after a further 30-35 days

Cool Facts: There are four subspecies of Common Gull ( two of them considered distinct species by some authorities):

  • Larus canus canus (Europe and western Asia. Small; mantle medium grey (palest subspecies); wingtips with extensive black; iris dark.)
  • Larus canus heinei (Central northern Asia. Medium size; mantle dark grey (darkest subspecies); wingtips with extensive black; iris dark.)
  • Larus canus kamtschatschensis (Northeastern Asia. Large; mantle medium-dark grey; wingtips with extensive black; iris pale. )
  • Larus canus brachyrhynchus (Alaska and western Canada. Small; mantle medium-dark grey; wingtips with little black and much white; iris pale)


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