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California Gull

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  • Gymnogyps californianus
  • Vultures & Condors

About the California Gull

Also known as: Californian Gull

The California Gull is a medium-sized gull. It is similar in appearance to the smaller Herring Gull, except the California Gull has a smaller yellow bill with a black ring, yellow legs and brown eyes.

California Gulls can be found the west of North America from Canada to Eastern California and Colorado. They breed on inland lakes and marshes.

It is the state bird of Utah. A Seagull Monument in Salt Lake City commemorates the 'Miracle of Gulls'. According to Mormon folklore, seagulls miraculously saved the 1848 crops by eating thousands of insects that were devouring the fields.

The California Gull has a conservation status of Least Concern as of November 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 12 May 2008
Scientific Name Larus californicus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. californicus
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 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18.5 to 21.3 inches
51.2 inches
15.2 to 36.9 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 加州鸥 (Chinese)
  • Racek Mormonský (Czech)
  • Canadisk Måge (Danish)
  • Californische Meeuw (Dutch)
  • Preerialokki (Finnish)
  • Goéland de Californie (French)
  • Kaliforniermöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano della California (Italian)
  • カリフォルニアカモメ (Kariforuniakamome) (Japanese)
  • Præriegråmåke (Norwegian)
  • Mewa Kalifornijska (Polish)
  • Калифорнийская чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota Californiana (Spanish)
  • Prärietrut (Swedish)

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The Miracle of the California Gulls

The California Gull is found in the western half of North America. This medium-sized gull is the state bird of Utah. The California Gull has an interesting history in the state, and ... more