Photo of Western Gull and chick

Western Gull with chick on Alcatraz Island. Photo: Russ Curtis/IBRRC

Common name:

Western Gull

Latin name:

Larus occidentalis

Family:

Laridae

Length:

25"

Wing span:

58"

Weight:

2.2 lb (1,000 g)

Habitat:

Coastal waters and bays

Notes:

Seen along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to Baja, western gulls don't often move beyond the reach of the tides. Breeds in the San Francisco Bay Area on Farallones, Alcatraz and Red Rock Islands.

Link:

Urban Bird Studies: Western Gull

 

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