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Bonaparte's Gull

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About the Bonaparte's Gull

The Bonaparte's Gull is a small "black-headed" New World species of gull. They breed across much of Canada and Alaska, and winter along the west coast of North America and across a large portion of the southeastern United States and part of the Caribbean.

Bonaparte's Gulls are unique in that they are the only species of gull to regularly nest in trees. They build nests out of leaves, twigs, grasses, and moss in coniferous trees.

Bonaparte's Gulls are named for the French ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte, who lived and worked in Philadelphia during the 1820s.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2014
Scientific Name Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Chroicocephalus
  • C. philadelphia
Birdorable Family Terns & Gulls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 14 November 2014)
Units: Imperial Metric
11 to 15 inches
29.9 to 31.5 inches
6.3 to 7.9 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • 博氏鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek Bonapartův (Czech)
  • Bonapartemåge (Danish)
  • Kleine Kokmeeuw (Dutch)
  • kuusilokki (Finnish)
  • Mouette de Bonaparte (French)
  • Bonapartemöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano di Bonaparte (Italian)
  • ボナパルトカモメ [bonaparutokamome] (Japanese)
  • Kanadahettemåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa kanadyjska (Polish)
  • Бонапартова чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota de Bonaparte (Spanish)
  • Trädmås (Swedish)

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