Male Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Scientific name: Larus hyperboreus

Did you know: The Glaucous Gull, a master of the Arctic skies, is known for its remarkable journey from the northernmost edges of the world to more temperate shores during winter.

What Do Glaucous Gulls Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Glaucous Gulls are large, powerful seabirds, boasting a pale grey mantle and white wingtips. 

Adults display a pale grey back with a white tail and underparts, complemented by a thick, yellow bill. 

Juveniles exhibit very pale grey plumage with a pink and black bill. These gulls are distinguishable by their size, being larger and bulkier than the similar Iceland Gull.

Differences Between Male And Female Glaucous Gulls

Male and female Glaucous Gulls share similar plumage, with females being marginally smaller. Both exhibit the same pale colouring and stout build characteristic of the species.

What Do Glaucous Gulls Eat?

Glaucous Gulls are versatile feeders, preying on fish, insects, molluscs, starfish, and various small animals. They are also scavengers, feeding on carrion, offal, scraps, eggs, and young birds. Seeds, berries, and grains form part of their diet too.

Where Do Glaucous Gulls Live? (Including Migration Info)

Glaucous Gulls breed in the Arctic parts of the Northern Hemisphere and migrate southwards for winter. They can be found in the North Atlantic & North Pacific Oceans, reaching as far as the British Isles and northern states of the United States. 

Some individuals venture further to the southern USA and northern Mexico.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Glaucous Gulls)

The call of the Glaucous Gull is a deep, laughing cry akin to that of the Herring Gull but more profound, adding an auditory thrill to their sighting.

Fun Glaucous Gull Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Glaucous Gulls are the second-largest gulls in the world.
  • They can live up to 17 years and more.
  • Young Glaucous Gulls are creamy white or biscuit-coloured.
  • They are known for their fierce expression and larger beak compared to other gulls.
  • In flight, they show a pale blue speculum with a white border.
  • These gulls take four years to reach maturity, changing their plumage as they grow.

Facts About The Glaucous Gull

Diet: Scavenges for carrion, shellfish and scraps.
Bird Family: Gulls and terns
Length: 62-68cm
Wingspan: 150-165cm
Weight: 1-2kg
Scientific Name: Larus hyperboreus

The Glaucous Gull Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • November
  • December

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