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About the Sabine's Gull

Also known as: Fork-tailed Gull

The Sabine's Gull is a small species of gull that breeds across parts of the Arctic. They are highly migratory; many birds travel down to coastal areas around South America and southern Africa for the winter.

In most taxonomies, the Sabine's Gull is considered to be the only bird in its genus, Xema. Its general behavior and especially its hunting-style and flight are all particularly tern-like.

Sabine's Gulls are named for the Irish ornithologist and explorer Sir Edward Sabine. Two other birds are named after Sabine: Sabine's Puffback (a kind of bushshrike) and Sabine's Spinetail (a type of swift).

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 January 2015
Scientific Name Xema sabini
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Xema
  • X. sabini
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
13.4 inches
5.5 to 75 ounces
Range West Asia East Asia South Africa North America South America Arctic

International Names

  • gaivota-de-sabine (Brazilian)
  • 叉尾鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek Sabinův (Czech)
  • Sabinemåge (Danish)
  • Vorkstaartmeeuw (Dutch)
  • tiiralokki (Finnish)
  • Mouette de Sabine (French)
  • Schwalbenmöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano di Sabine (Italian)
  • クビワカモメ [kubiwakamome] (Japanese)
  • 목테갈매기 (Korean)
  • Sabinemåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa obrożna (Polish)
  • Вилохвостая чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota de Sabine (Spanish)
  • Tärnmås (Swedish)

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