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Iceland Gull

Goéland arctique

Larus glaucoides


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Iceland Gull

There are two races or sub-species of the Iceland Gull. These are the Iceland Gull (Thayer's), most recently loosing its status as a species of its own, being now recognized as a race of the Iceland Gull. It is known to nest in the central regions of the arctic, and spend its winter months along the Pacific coast. The other is the Iceland Gull (Kumlien's), which nest in the eastern arctic islands and on Greemland. These gulls are more likely to be seen in the winter months in the surrounding waters of St. John's, Ndewfoundland and Labrador.

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
Iceland Gull range

The Iceland Gull is a member of the white-winged gulls, gulls more likely to be seen in the north, where there is snow and ice. These hardy gulls are often seen in the company of the Glaucous Gull in eastern North America, and the Glaucous-winged Gull found in the western areas of the continent.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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