Mew Gull

Adults are 40-46 cm long, obviously smaller than the Herring Gull, and slightly smaller than the Ring-billed Gull, also differing from this in its shorter, more tapered bill with a more greenish shade of yellow, as well as being unmarked during the breeding season. The body is grey above and white below. The legs are greenish-yellow. In winter, the head is streaked grey, and the bill often has a poorly-defined blackish band near the tip . They have black wingtips with large white mirrors. Young birds have scaly black-brown upperparts and a neat wing pattern, and grey legs. They take two to three years to reach maturity. The call is a high-pitched laughing cry.

The Mew Gull is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Distribution of the Mew Gull in North America. The Mew Gull is a characteristic bird of beaches and river estuaries along the Pacific coast in winter and is the smallest of the “white-headed” gulls in North America, where it was formerly known as the Short-billed Gull. Its breeding range on this continent is confined to northwestern portions, but it has a nearly circumpolar distribution, occurring across a substantial stretch of Eurasia, where it is also called the Common Gull. More

Both Common and Mew Gulls breed colonially near water or in marshes, making a lined nest on the ground or in a small tree; colony size varies from 2 to 320 or even more pairs. Usually three eggs are laid (sometimes just one or two); they hatch after 24–26 days, with the chicks fledging after a further 30–35 days. Like most gulls, they are omnivores and will scavenge as well as hunt small prey. More

Percival Mew Gull G-AXEF at Breighton Aerodrome, UK being piloted by Tony (“Taff”) Smith on 14 July 2007, photograph by Michael Rushforth. More

05900 - Eurasian Mew Gull (Common Gull) - Larus canus (LARCA) black green red white yellow combination - Red ring with white code (T000-T074 ; T075-T124 ; T125-199). Lukasz Borek (T000-T074) ; Piotr Zięcik (Zientek) & Andrzej Kośmicki (Mikrus) (T075-T124) ; Zbigniew Kajzer. e-mail : or or website : More

* The Mew Gull has an extensive breeding range, with three distinct forms that are sometimes considered different species. * Although it is a common bird along the Pacific Coast, it is a rarity in the East. Birds that appear along the Atlantic Coast are likely from Europe. * It is the only white-headed gull that regularly uses trees for nesting. More

One of the smallest of the "white-headed" gulls, the Mew Gull is common along Pacific Coast beaches in winter. It also occurs in Eurasia, where it is known at the "Common Gull. More

~ Mew Gulls and Seagulls of ALASKA ~ HOME What's New Contact Us Purchase Prints < Back to GALLERY INDEX - Mew Gull - Larus canus The Mew Gull is a medium sized gull with a typical wingspan of 40 to 45 inches. In late spring, they fly to Alaska and north-western Canada to their nesting grounds. More

The Mew Gull (Larus canus) breeds across Alaska and most of northern and western Canada; it winters on the Pacific coast down to Baja, Mexico. Like many gulls, this species is prone to wander, and individuals have been documented across the United States all the way to the Atlantic seaboard. It is a small, round-headed gull, with a rather small bill. The young Mew Gull shown in the top 2 shots on the left was standing in a parking lot near the coast at San Simeon, San Luis Obispo Co. More

Here's a bunch of great pics of the MEW GULL that Bill Rudden sent to me: Logged - "Only the impossible always happens" - - R. More

Mew Gull south of Adam Beck Lookout It was on the roosting rocks on the American side of the River, but it flew several times onto the Canadian side. First spotted by Betsy Potter about 12:15 p.m. on 1 January 2010. This is the North American subspecies Larus canus brachyrhynchus. See links to photos of Common Gull Larus canus canus at bottom of page. More

brachyrhynchus or Mew Gull of western U.S. I believe can easily be eliminated by the overwhelmingly larger proportions in all aspects of the Gloucester gull. Brachyrhynchus is the smallest canus taxon, with a rounded head, and a short, weak bill, while kamtschatschensis is the largest, with a more sloping forehead and a long, relatively heavy bill. Mew Gull can also be eliminated by the extensive black in the wingtip of the Gloucester gull, especially by the extensively black P8. More

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Mew Gull - Larus canusA rare visitor to the state, the Mew Gull can be differentiated from similar gulls by the lack of any spots on its bill and its relatively small size. The name comes from the cat-like call it often gives. Other races of the Mew Gull are common in Eurasia. Habitat: Most often found around wooded lakes and rivers when on its summer breeding grounds. In winter, found along the Pacific coastline, especially near river mouths and brackish lagoons. Diet: Omnivorous. More

gull, the Mew Gull is commonly described as having a 'gentle' or 'dove-headed' look. The Mew Gull has typical gull-like plumage-slate-gray back and wings, a white head, tail, and body, and black wingtips with white spots. The beak and legs are yellow. In breeding plumage, the Mew Gull has a clean white head, a dark eye, and a solid yellow bill without markings. In non-breeding plumage, its head is smudged with brown, the red eye-ring is absent, and the bill is partially dark. More

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mew gullmew gull - the common gull of Eurasia and northeastern North AmericaLarus canus, sea mew, mewsea gull, seagull, gull - mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legsgenus Larus, Larus - type genus of the Laridae How to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, add the site to iGoogle, or visit webmaster's page for free fun content. More

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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Laridae
Genus : Larus
Species : canus
Authority : Linnaeus, 1758