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California Gull
Larus californicus

Gulls and Terns
Gull Family (Laridae)

Size: Length: 46-51 cm Wingspan: 122-137 cm

Description: The California gull is a common visitor, but rarely nests in the Rockies. It has a white head, breast and underside. The wings and back are gray. The outer primaries are blacked, tipped with white. The legs and bill are yellow. On the lower mandible, near the tip, is a red patch. The herring gull is similar, but much larger, with pink legs, and much lighter, green eyes. Nesting in colonies, often on islands, the nest is a grass or rubbish-lined depression on the ground, usually near the beach. They may nest with other species of gulls, in particular ring-billed gulls. They feed on insects, which they glean by dabbling, or from searching the ground cover. The also eat nestlings, eggs, rodents, some fish and grains.

They are similar in appearance to ring-billed, but are larger, and lack the namesake black ring. Herring gulls are larger, and have lighter coloured eyes. The California gull has dark, almost black eyes.

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