French: Mouette des brumes German: Klippenmöwe Spanish: Gaviota piquicorta
Larus (Rissa) brevirostris
north-western North America
Bering Sea, in Commander Is, Pribilof Is (St Paul I, Otter I, St George I) and Aleutians (Buldir I, Bogoslof I). Winters widely over N Pacific.
36–38 cm; 340–450 g; wingspan c. 90 cm. Three-year gull. The breeding adult is white, apart from dark grey mantle, back and upperwing, grey underwing,... read more
Much-higher pitched than in the Black-legged Kittiwake R. tridactyla. A high, falsetto,... read more
Arctic seas. Breeds on vertical sea cliffs on remote islands with other seabirds, including R.... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, squid, and other small marine animals. More than 50% of recorded food items are northern lanternfishfish (Stenobrachius... read more
Arrives at Pribilof Is in April. Apparently, some degree of mate-retention and nest-site fidelity; over 90% of marked birds resighted at... read more
Radiotracking has shown that Red-legged Kittiwakes largely remain in the Bering Sea in winter,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Endemic to Bering Sea and Aleutians, with only six or seven currently active breeding sites. Breeds in the Pribilof (St Paul, St George and Otter), Bogoslof (... read more
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