Lesser Black-backed Gull

Other Names: none

Distribution: Atlantic coasts of Europe in summer; temperate Atlantic coasts in winter.

Description:

Size: 58 cm in length.

Plumage: Adults are mostly white, with yellow legs and dark slate-gray back and wings. The flight feathers may be tipped with black. The beak is yellow with a red spot on the tip, and the eyes are small and yellowish. Juveniles are uniform light brown and difficult to distinguish from the Herring Gull.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Bill Shape
all-purpose
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
hopping
Behavior
bounding
forays
Markings
bold
plain
wingbands
Sounds
clear
harsh call
Location
high perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
fields
Forests
Urban
Color
blackandwhite
gray
white
red
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern