French: Mouette de Franklin German: Präriemöwe Spanish: Gaviota pipizcan
Inland North America. In Canada from E Alberta to SW Manitoba and in USA from Montana to Minnesota, with scattered populations in N Rocky Mts and Great Basin. Winters mainly off W South America, S to Chile.
32–38 cm; 203–371 g; wingspan 86–97 cm. A smallish, somewhat dove-like gull. Resembles L. atricilla but smaller and more compact, with shorter,... read more
Nasal and laughing but higher-pitched, more hollow-sounding and less penetrating than L.... read more
Coasts, lakes, marshes, fields and rubbish dumps. The breeding population principally inhabits the... read more
Food and feeding
In breeding season, almost exclusively earthworms or emerging chironomids; also aquatic invertebrates, grasshoppers, and incidentally small... read more
Highly synchronous within colonies; arrives near colonies in mid April, laying mainly in mid to late May, but later in some areas, e.g. not... read more
Most birds migrate through the interior USA to then Gulf Coast, then across Mexico to Pacific coast... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population post-2000 estimated at 1–1·5 million individuals. The species is currently believed to be increasing... read more
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