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Pacific Gull

(Larus pacificus)
Alternate name(s): "Mollyhawk*", "Molly Gull", "Jack Gull"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "georgii": "ngalala", "yorrongop" (WA)

Size: 58-66 cm; wing span 1.3-1.5 m
Weight: 0.9-1.8 kg

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pacific Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "pacificus"

ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, June 2017]

Pacific Gull preparing for take-off (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, June 2017]

Lateral view of a Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2017]

Lateral view of a Pacific Gull resting on a beach (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, June 2017]

Pacific Gull touching down, with a good view of its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2017]

Near-lateral view of an adult Pacific Gull in flight; note the diagnostic black subterminal band on the uppertail, which distinguishes this species from the similar Kelp Gull (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bruny Island, TAS, February 2016]

Pacific Gull in flight, with a clear view of its underwing pattern (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, June 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a second-year immature Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2017]

Second-year immature Pacific Gull snoozing on a beach (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland, VIC, August 2017]

Near-lateral view of a second-year immature Pacific Gull in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cape Banks, Sydney, NSW, July 2015]

Lateral view of an immature second-year Pacific Gull in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Cape Banks, Sydney, NSW, July 2015]

Race "georgii"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Pacific Gull approaching the carcass of an Estuary Cobbler (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Near-frontal view of a Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Lateral view of a Pacific Gull; this photo shows the characteristic black subterminal band on the tail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Lateral view of a Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a Pacific Gull floating on water (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Pacific Gull snoozing on the beach (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Direct size comparison between a Pacific Gull, right, and a Silver Gull, left (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up portrait of a juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Frontal view of a juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull; note the nearly all-black bill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull preening (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile (first-year) Pacific Gull in flight (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Baudins Beach, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Food, Diet

Pacific Gulls specialise in catching shellfish and molluscs, which they carry up to about 15 m height, before dropping them onto rocks to crack the hard shell.

Lateral view of a Pacific Gull tearing away at the soft underside of an Estuary Cobbler (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

This Pacific Gull knows that one can get better purchase on the fish by standing on it (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Here the Pacific Gull's red gape is clearly visible (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

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