Great Black-backed Gull

Other Names: Black-back

Distribution: Coasts and shallow seas of the North Atlantic.

Great Black-backed Gull distribution range map

Description:

Size: 61-74 cm in length with a 144-166 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Adults have a white head, underbody and tail, with a slate black back and upperwings. The bill is yellow, with a red spot on the tip. The legs are pink and the eyes are yellow to red. Juveniles are generally heavily mottled white and pale brown, with a black bill and eyes.

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Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
atlanticcoast
british columbia
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
Action
hopping
Behavior
bounding
Markings
bold
cross
crown
head
plain
tailstripes
Sounds
staccato
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Color
black
blackandwhite
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