Iceland Gull

About the Iceland Gull

Also known as: Thayer's Gull, Kumlien's Gull, White-winged Gull
The Iceland Gull is a medium-sized species of migratory gull. They breed in the Arctic. Many bird winter around the Great Lakes and the northeastern United States.

Iceland Gulls feed on fish which are often taken from the surface of the water without landing. They also eat other marine animals as well as eggs from other birds and scraps found in dumps or sewage.

The Iceland Gull has an interesting taxonomical history. As of 2017 there are considered to be three subspecies of Iceland Gull. The species was "lumped" together with the formerly separate Thayer's Gull in 2017. The other subspecies are the nominate Iceland and Kumilien's.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 November 2017
Scientific Name
Larus glaucoides
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. glaucoides
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 21 March 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
19.7 to 23.6 inches
45.3 to 53.9 inches
28.9 to 38.8 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 冰岛鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek polární
Danish (Dansk) Hvidvinget Måge
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Burgemeester
Finnish (Suomi) grönlanninlokki
French (Français) Goéland arctique
German (Deutsch) Polarmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano d'Islanda
Japanese (日本語) アイスランドカモメ [aisurandokamome]
Korean (한국어) 작은흰갈매기
Norwegian (Norsk) Grønlandsmåke
Polish (Polski) mewa polarna
Portuguese (Português) Gaivota-polar
Russian (русский язык) Полярная чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Groenlandesa
Swedish (Svenska) vitvingad trut
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