Wild Florida Photo - Larus philadelphia

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Larus philadelphia

BONAPARTE'S GULL

Florida native

 

These small gulls winters along lakes, rivers, marshes, bays and beaches near the Florida coasts. The winter range extends along both coasts from Washington state and Nova Scotia south to Mexico and the Caribbean, plus the Great Lakes area and the lower Mississippi River basin. Summer breeding range extends from western Quebec west throughout most of interior Canada into Alaska.
Nonbreeding plumage shows a white head with a dark spot behind the eyes. dark smudges on top of the head, back gray and white underside. Breeding plumage exhibits a black head.

 
Larus philadelphia is a member of the Laridae - Gulls, Terns & Skimmers family.

Other species of the Larus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Larus marinus - GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
  View  Larus delawarensis - RING-BILLED GULL
  View  Larus atricilla - LAUGHING GULL
  View  Larus hyperboreus - GLAUCOUS GULL
  View  Larus argentatus - HERRING GULL



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For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page for this species

Date record last modified:
Feb 19, 2009









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