Ring-billed Gull

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 November 2014
Scientific Name
Larus delawarensis
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. delawarensis
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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
16.9 to 21.3 inches
41.3 to 46.1 inches
10.6 to 24.7 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gaivota-de-bico-manchado
Chinese (汉语) 环嘴鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek delawarský
Danish (Dansk) Ringnæbbet Måge
Dutch (Nederlands) Ringsnavelmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) rengasnokkalokki
French (Français) Goéland à bec cerclé
German (Deutsch) Ringschnabelmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano di Delaware
Japanese (日本語) クロワカモメ [kurowakamome]
Korean (한국어) 북미갈매기
Norwegian (Norsk) Ringnebbmåke
Polish (Polski) mewa delawarska
Russian (русский язык) Делавэрская чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota de Delaware
Swedish (Svenska) Ringnäbbad mås
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