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About the Franklin's Gull

The Franklin's Gull is a small species of gull that breeds in parts of Canada. These little gulls are migratory, spending the winter months in parts of South America and the Caribbean.

Most species of gull go through one plumage molt in a year's time. The exception to this is the Franklin's Gull, which cycles through two complete molts per year.

Franklin's Gulls are opportunistic omnivores, like most gulls. The species was named for Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin, an explorer of the Arctic.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 January 2015
Scientific Name Leucophaeus pipixcan
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Leucophaeus
  • L. pipixcan
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 24 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12.6 to 14.2 inches
33.5 to 37.4 inches
7.8 to 11.8 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Americas

International Names

  • Gaivota-de-franklin (Brazilian)
  • 弗氏鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek vnitrozemský (Czech)
  • Præriemåge (Danish)
  • Franklins Meeuw (Dutch)
  • preerianaurulokki (Finnish)
  • Mouette de Franklin (French)
  • Präriemöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano di Franklin (Italian)
  • アメリカズグロカモメ [amerikazugurokamome] (Japanese)
  • Franklinmåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa preriowa (Polish)
  • Франклинова чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota Pipizcan (Spanish)
  • Präriemås (Swedish)

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