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Ring-billed Gull

Ring-necked Duck
Ridgway's Hawk

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Ridgway's Hawk

  • Buteo ridgwayi
  • Birds of Prey

About the Ring-billed Gull

The Ring-billed Gull is a white-headed, medium-sized New World gull. They are migratory, breeding across much of Canada and the northern United States. In the winter they head as far south as Mexico and the Caribbean.

Like most gull species, the Ring-billed Gull is an opportunistic omnivorous feeder. They feed on fish, insects, small rodents, grains, and other vegetable matter. They may be found in garbage dumps and parking lots, scavenging for scraps, or feeding on natural food items in fields, beaches, or parks.

Ring-billed Gulls are known for their excellent flying ability. They are fast, graceful and agile in flight. They may even steal food from other birds in flight; this skill they practice by dropping objects and swooping down to reclaim them.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 November 2014
Scientific Name Larus delawarensis
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. delawarensis
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 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16.9 to 21.3 inches
41.3 to 46.1 inches
10.6 to 24.7 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Gaivota-de-bico-manchado (Brazilian)
  • 环嘴鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek delawarský (Czech)
  • Ringnæbbet Måge (Danish)
  • Ringsnavelmeeuw (Dutch)
  • rengasnokkalokki (Finnish)
  • Goéland à bec cerclé (French)
  • Ringschnabelmöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano di Delaware (Italian)
  • クロワカモメ [kurowakamome] (Japanese)
  • 북미갈매기 (Korean)
  • Ringnebbmåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa delawarska (Polish)
  • Делавэрская чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota de Delaware (Spanish)
  • Ringnäbbad mås (Swedish)

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