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Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
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Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)

General Description: Adult Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis) have a very dark mantle with black wingtips, and otherwise the plumage is bright white. The legs and feet are pinkish, and there is a red spot on the lower mandible. In winter plumage, adults get a gray wash and gray spots on the head. Juveniles are very dark and start out with a black bill.

Gulls take 2-4 years to mature. The plumage during the juvenile and subadult years differs from the adult breeding plumage, and the plumage also differs between summer and winter. Thus, there can be 7 or so different plumages for each species of gull, making identification difficult. Western Gulls take four years to mature.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Laridae, Larinae.

Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)

Favored Habitat: Western Gulls are common along the Pacific Coast from Washington to Baja where they are found on sandy and rocky beaches, but they rarely come inland.

Where to Find: Western Gulls are uncommon in the Las Vegas. Watch for dark gulls while birding at Lake Mead, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and Sunset Park.

Comments:

Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) If you were a tasty crab or a dead starfish, this also might be the last face you ever see!
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Note dark mantle, black wingtips, pink legs, and red spot on bill
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Note dark mantle, black wingtips, pink legs, and red spot on bill
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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