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Common Gull

(Larus canus)
Alternate name(s): Race "heinei": "Russian Common Gull"; race "kamtschatschensis": "Kamchatka Gull"; race "brachyrhynchus": "Mew Gull", "Short-billed Gull"
German name(s): "Sturmmöwe"

Size: 40-46 cm; wing span 100-125 cm
Weight: Race "canus": 290-480 g
race "heinei": 315-550 g
race "kamtschatschensis": 395-585 g
race "brachyrhynchus": 320-550 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "canus"

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage; note the thin red eye-ring that is not mentioned in all field guides
(photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Near-lateral view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Naturschutzgebiet Wallnau/Fehmarn, Fehmarn, Germany, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Gull in breeding plumage in flight, now seen issuing its call (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Direct comparison between a Common Gull, back and a Common Tern in breeding plumage, front
(photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Naturschutzgebiet Wallnau/Fehmarn, Fehmarn, Germany, June 2018]

Mixed flock of Common Gulls and European Herring Gulls, both in breeding plumage, feeding off the northern Norwegian coast (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-dorsal view of a 1-year old Common Gull (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Skjervoy, near Tromso, Norway, June 2018]

Close-up lateral view of a precocial Common Gull chick (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Tromso airport, Tromso, Norway, in June 2018]

Food, Diet

Like all gulls, Common Gulls are opportunistic. They will feed on anything from carrion and discarded entrails to fish, chicks of other bird species and eggs.

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