California Gull

About the California Gull

Also known as: Californian Gull

The California Gull is a medium-sized gull. It is similar in appearance to the smaller Herring Gull, except the California Gull has a smaller yellow bill with a black ring, yellow legs and brown eyes.

California Gulls can be found the west of North America from Canada to Eastern California and Colorado. They breed on inland lakes and marshes.

It is the state bird of Utah. A Seagull Monument in Salt Lake City commemorates the 'Miracle of Gulls'. According to Mormon folklore, seagulls miraculously saved the 1848 crops by eating thousands of insects that were devouring the fields.

The California Gull has a conservation status of Least Concern as of November 2014.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 May 2008
Scientific Name
Larus californicus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. californicus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18.5 to 21.3 inches
51.2 inches
15.2 to 36.9 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 加州鸥
Czech (Cesky) Racek Mormonský
Danish (Dansk) Canadisk Måge
Dutch (Nederlands) Californische Meeuw
Finnish (Suomi) Preerialokki
French (Français) Goéland de Californie
German (Deutsch) Kaliforniermöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano della California
Japanese (日本語) カリフォルニアカモメ (Kariforuniakamome)
Norwegian (Norsk) Præriegråmåke
Polish (Polski) Mewa Kalifornijska
Russian (русский язык) Калифорнийская чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Californiana
Swedish (Svenska) Prärietrut
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