Western Gull

A bird with a white body and dark gray wings sits in the ocean. It has an orange beak and a gray and white tail. It faces the right side of the photo.

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Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)

Length 25” Wingspan 58”
Heavy thick-tipped slightly drooping bill, large stocky body, round head, dark back, seen in open coastal habitat, feed on shell fish and fish.

Western Gulls do not sing, but instead emit a loud, shrill and squealing ke-ow that is often repeated several times in succession.


Last updated: August 18, 2020

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