Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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These large light colored gulls are occasional on the winter beaches of Florida. The summer breeding area is the high arctic areas of Canada and Alaska. Glaucous gulls tend to stay farther north in the winter than other gulls, with the primary wintering area extending south along the coasts to Virginia and California, plus the Great Lakes. Those wintering farther south tend to be first or second year gulls.
Our second largest North American gull - with large black-backed gulls being the largest - adults are 68 cm (27 in.) in length with a wingspan of 1.5 m (59 in.). Having pale legs at all ages, adults have a yellowish bill with red on the lower mandible near the tip. Younger gulls have paler bills with black near the tips. Adult plumage is mostly white, with a light gray back and light streaking on the head. The first two years glaucous gulls are white with various degrees of pale brown mottling. Eyes are dark the first year, paler in second year gulls.
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 philadelphia - BONAPARTE'S GULL
View Larus atricilla - LAUGHING GULL
View Larus argentatus - HERRING GULL
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:
Nov 11, 2018