French: Goéland à ailes grises German: Beringmöwe Spanish: Gaviota de Bering
J. F. Naumann
Kamchatka and Commander Is E through Aleutians, Pribilofs and S Bering Sea to S Alaska, then SE to N Oregon (NW USA). Winters from Bering Sea to N Japan and NW Mexico (Baja California).
60–68 cm; 900–1250 g; wingspan 132–145 cm. Four-year gull. A large bulky gull with short, broad wings, small, dark beady eyes placed high on the head and a... read more
Long call is a loud series of evenly spaced “haaaw” notes, slower and lower-pitched than in L.... read more
Frequents coastal areas and shelf waters and often attracted to harbours and fishing ports. Breeds... read more
Food and feeding
Highly opportunistic. Principal foods taken include fish, various marine invertebrates (e.g. mussels, barnacles, crabs, starfish, sea... read more
Arrives at colonies in Feb–Mar but breeding is much later. Lays from early May in Washington to early Jun in Alaska. Older birds... read more
Some birds remain on territory all winter but many move S. Some wander S of the Bering Sea into the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population is probably c. 250,000–300,000 pairs. A 2002 estimate puts the population at a minimum of 570,000 individuals... read more
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