RING-BILLED GULL

RING-BILLED GULL (Larus delawarensis)

The ring-billed gull has a similar habitat to that of its look-alike the herring gull, but it is migratory, and its presence in PEI is recent but increasing. The main difference in appearance with the herring gull is the black ring around their bill, which gives them their name. The bird is omnivorous, but hangs out near garbage too, including on beaches, where they can be a nuisance around beach goers. The sexes are similar, but the juveniles have mostly a mottled brown plumage and take 3 years to reach adult plumage.

Ring-billed gull on beach dune - North Rustico, PEI - July 27, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Ring-billed gull on beach dune – North Rustico, PEI – July 27, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Ring-billed Gulls - Souris area, PEI - July 27, 2013
Ring-billed Gulls – Souris area, PEI – July 27, 2013 – Roberta Palmer
Ring-billed gull. 2nd winter plumage - Park Corner area, PEI - Oct. 18, 2016
Ring-billed gull. 2nd winter plumage – Park Corner area, PEI – Oct. 18, 2016 – Chris Rice
Ring-billed gull - Park Corner area, PEI - Oct. 18, 2016 - by Chris Rice
Ring-billed gull – Park Corner area, PEI – Oct. 18, 2016 – by Chris Rice

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