Little Gull

Other Names: none

Distribution: Poorly understood. Believed to breed on the Eurasian steppes and winter discontinuously throughout the northern Atlantic.

Little Gull distribution range map

Description:

Size: 25-28 cm in length with a 58-62 cm wingspan.

Plumage: In summer, adults have a pale gray back and wings, white undersides, black hood, and blackish underwings. Their winter plumage is similar, but the head is white with a partial gray cap and a dark spot behind eye. Juveniles have a narrow black tail tip, a diagonal dark bar on the forewing, and dark flight feathers. The legs are orange to red, the beak is reddish-black, and the eyes are black with yellow eyerings.

Species image
Little Gull

Little Gull

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Markings
cross
tailbands
Sounds
soft
Location
high perching
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Color
brown
gray
white
Body Shape
headcrested
gull
Size
large
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species