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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.
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.