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

Larus philadelphia



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

Description
A small delicate gull, silvery gray above, with conspicuous white, wedge-shaped patches on leading edge of outer wing. Head black in breeding adults, white in winter with dark spot behind eye. Bill black. Length: 12-14 in (30-36 cm).
 

Voice
Rasping tee-ar; soft, nasal snarling note.
 

Habitat
Forested lakes and rivers; winters along coasts, in estuaries, and at mouths of large rivers.
 

Range
Breeds in Alaska and interior northwestern Canada east to James Bay. Winters along both coasts, on Pacific from Washington southward, on Atlantic from southern New England southward.
 

Note
Because they breed in the far north, these beautiful gulls are most often seen on lakes and rivers during migration or along the coast in winter.

Species information from enature.com
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