Franklin's Gull

About the Franklin's Gull

The Franklin's Gull is a small species of gull that breeds in parts of Canada. These little gulls are migratory, spending the winter months in parts of South America and the Caribbean.

Most species of gull go through one plumage molt in a year's time. The exception to this is the Franklin's Gull, which cycles through two complete molts per year.

Franklin's Gulls are opportunistic omnivores, like most gulls. The species was named for Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin, an explorer of the Arctic.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 January 2015
Scientific Name
Leucophaeus pipixcan
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Leucophaeus
  • L. pipixcan
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 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
12.6 to 14.2 inches
33.5 to 37.4 inches
7.8 to 11.8 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gaivota-de-franklin
Chinese (汉语) 弗氏鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek vnitrozemský
Danish (Dansk) Præriemåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Franklins Meeuw
Finnish (Suomi) preerianaurulokki
French (Français) Mouette de Franklin
German (Deutsch) Präriemöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano di Franklin
Japanese (日本語) アメリカズグロカモメ [amerikazugurokamome]
Norwegian (Norsk) Franklinmåke
Polish (Polski) mewa preriowa
Russian (русский язык) Франклинова чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Pipizcan
Swedish (Svenska) Präriemås
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