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Herring Gull
Larus argentatus

Gulls and Terns
Gull Family (Laridae)

Size: Length: 58-66 cm Wingspan: 147 cm

Description: Common over much of Canada, the herring gull is an uncommon visitor to the Rockies. It is a large gull with a white head, underside and fan shaped tail. The back and upper wings are gray with black outer primaries. The rear margin of the wing is tipped with white. The legs and feet are pink. The bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower mandible. It can be distinguished from the California gull by its size, and by the light coloured eye. The pink legs also differ from the yellow legs of the California gull. Like other gulls, they nest on the ground, usually in island colonies. Both sexes incubate the eggs. They feed on just about anything from insects to garbage. They are common at landfills. They also enjoy picking at the remains of dead fish.

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