Glaucous Gull

Colour - white with light grey wings with unmarked wing tips; bill yellow with red spot near tip of lower half; legs pink; eyes yellow, surrounded by a yellow ring

Length - 65 to 80 cm

Shape - very large, but otherwise typical gull appearance; bill longer and heavier than the Iceland Gull, which sometimes approaches similar size

Behaviour - often soars (like a hawk) during flight; diet consists mainly of fish, but the eggs, young (and sometimes adults) of various bird species (mainly ducks, auks, and other gulls) are also eaten

Distribution - breeds in Lancaster Sound (including Prince Leopold Island) and Hudson Bay (including Coat's Island); migrates in fall through Davis Strait, along Labrador to open sea south of Newfoundland in winter, returning north in spring

Sensitivity - see Sensitivity Information on the Birds - General Information page

 [Glaucous Gull thumbnail] Glaucous Gull (52 KB)Lancaster Sound Area
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Coronation Gulf Area
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