Ross's Gull

About the Ross's Gull

Also known as: Ross' Gull, Wedge-tailed Gull

The Ross's Gull is a small species of gull that breeds across parts of the high Arctic.

Ross's Gulls are colonial breeders. They may nest alongside other seabird species in the same colony. They feed on a wide variety of prey items, including fish, beetles, flies, and other insects.

Ross's Gulls are named in tribute to the British naval officer and explorer Sir James Clark Ross. Ross's Gulls have a very large natural range and their conservation status is Least Concern as of December 2014.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 January 2015
Scientific Name
Rhodostethia rosea
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Rhodostethia
  • R. rosea
Birdorable Family
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
11.4 to 12.2 inches
35.4 to 39.4 inches
4.9 to 8.8 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 楔尾鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek růžový
Danish (Dansk) Rosenmåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Ross' Meeuw
Finnish (Suomi) ruusulokki
French (Français) Mouette rosée
German (Deutsch) Rosenmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano polare di Ross
Japanese (日本語) ヒメクビワカモメ [himekubiwakamome]
Korean (한국어) 쇠목테갈매기
Norwegian (Norsk) Rosenmåke
Polish (Polski) mewa różowa
Russian (русский язык) Розовая чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Rosada
Swedish (Svenska) Rosenmås
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