The 6th bird in our 2014 Bonanza is a familiar species of gull. It’s the Ring-billed Gull!
The Ring-billed Gull is a “white-headed” medium-sized species of gull found across much of North America. In fact, it may be North America’s most common gull. They nest near bodies of fresh or marine water in colonial groups.
Ring-billed Gull by Amy Evenstad
Ring-billed Gulls are known for their skilled flying ability. They can be fast, graceful and agile on the wing. Ring-billed Gulls are even known to steal food from other birds — in flight! They will practice this skill by playing with an object while in the air, dropping the object, and then swooping down to pick it up again.
In non-breeding season, Ring-billed Gulls may roost and forage together in very large flocks, sometimes with other gulls. Ring-billeds seem to like their personal space: they will often stand evenly spaced, keeping at least 1 to 2 meters between each bird.
The Ring-billed Gull joins Birdorable today, bringing our total number of bird species to 564. Our Bonanza concludes tomorrow with a striking bird of southeast Asia that also has “bill” in its name. Can you guess tomorrow’s species?