California Gull

Other Names: none

Distribution: discontinuously throughout the western United States and Mexico.

California Gull distribution range map

Description:

Size: 47-54 cm in length with a 125-135 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally white with a darker gray mantle, dark eye, reddish eye ring, and greenish legs. The bill of the breeding adult has a red spot overlapped by black at the tip. Juveniles and non-breeding adults have a black bar on the bill and lack the red eye ring of adults.

Species image
California Gull

California Gull

Bill Shape
all-purpose
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
saskatchewan
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
virginia
washington
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
flying
Behavior
zigzag
Sounds
staccato
Location
low flying
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Marshes
Color
blue
gray
green
white
red
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species