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Glaucous Gull

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About the Glaucous Gull

The Glaucous Gull is a very large species of gull that lives across the Northern Hemisphere. It breeds in the high Arctic and northern Atlantic coasts of Europe, and typically spends the winter in northern coastal locations in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Glaucous Gulls nest on cliffs or on the ground in coastal locations. It may breed by marine or freshwater bodies. They are pale birds that take four years to reach their adult plumage.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2014
Scientific Name Larus hyperboreus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. hyperboreus
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 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
26.8 inches
58.7 to 71.7 inches
44.1 to 95.2 ounces

International Names

  • 北极鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek šedý (Czech)
  • Gråmåge (Danish)
  • Grote Burgemeester (Dutch)
  • isolokki (Finnish)
  • Goéland bourgmestre (French)
  • Eismöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano glauco (Italian)
  • シロカモメ [shirokamome] (Japanese)
  • 흰갈매기 (Korean)
  • Polarmåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa blada (Polish)
  • Бургомистр (Russian)
  • Gavión Hiperbóreo (Spanish)
  • Vittrut (Swedish)