Ring-billed Gull

Other Names: none

Distribution: discontinuously throughout northern North America in summer; coastal areas of the United States and Mexico in winter.

Ring-billed Gull distribution range map

Description:

Size: 50-56 cm in length with a 125-130 cm wingspan, weighing 400-500 g.

Plumage:  The head, neck and undersides are white, the back and wings are silver-gray, and the legs are yellow. The tail is black with white spots on the sides. Juveniles are white with dark brown scale patterns on the uppersides, and develop adult plumage over three years.

The eyes are yellow with red eyerings and the beak is yellow with a black ring around the tip.

Species image
Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
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
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
flying
Behavior
flocks
zigzag
Markings
cross
tailbands
wingbands
Sounds
screeching
harsh call
soft
Location
high flying
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
aerial
mudflat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
fields
Urban
Oceans
Marshes
Color
brown
gray
white
Body Shape
gull
Size
large
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species