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About the Mew Gull

Also known as: Short-billed Gull, Common Gull, Kamchatka Gull

The Mew Gull is a small species of migratory "white-headed" larus gull that is found across large parts of Europe and Asia. There is also a population in the far northwestern part of North America. It is known as the Common Gull outside of North America. An Asian subspecies is called the Kamchatka Gull

Mew Gulls nest on the ground or in trees (nesting in trees is fairly unusual in gulls). They breed in colonial groups, usually near water. Mew Gulls take three years to reach full maturity.

Mew Gulls are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders. They have a wide variety in diet, taking prey like worms, small fish, and insects. They also dine on grain and other vegetation, and will scavenge from discarded rubbish.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 December 2014
Scientific Name Larus canus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. canus
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 26 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16.1 to 18.1 inches
42.1 to 44.9 inches
12.7 to 21.2 ounces

International Names

  • 海鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek bouřní (Czech)
  • Stormmåge (Danish)
  • Stormmeeuw (Dutch)
  • kalalokki (Finnish)
  • Goéland cendré (French)
  • Sturmmöwe (German)
  • Gavina eurasiatica (Italian)
  • カモメ [kamome] (Japanese)
  • 갈매기 (Korean)
  • Fiskemåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa pospolita (Polish)
  • Сизая чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota cana (Spanish)
  • Fiskmås (Swedish)