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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Western Gull

Larus occidentalis



First Noted by Expedition
March 7, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
Snow white, with dark slate-colored back and wings. Yellow eye and bill; breeding adult has a red dot near tip of lower mandible. Pinkish or flesh-colored feet. Length: 24-27 in (61-69 cm).
 

Voice
Squeals and raucous notes.
 

Habitat
Coastal waterways, beaches, harbors, dumps; open ocean.
 

Range
Breeds on Pacific coast from Washington to Baja, California. In winter regularly occurs north to British Columbia.
 

Note
The large gulls of the Pacific coast have a common ancestor but evolved separately in isolation.

Species information from enature.com
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