January 22, 2018

Photos: Seagull

'Seagull' is a misnomer



by Shahinur Islam

Gulls or commonly and falsely known as seagulls belong to the family Laridae. They are fairly medium to large birds with grey or white colour and black marks on the heads or wings, stout and slightly long bills, and webbed feet. They are usually opportunistically scavenging and basically carnivorous. Crabs, small fish, insects, earthworms, rodents, eggs, carrion, offal, reptiles, amphibians, seeds and fruit, human refuse, chips, and other birds, too, are their principal foods.

Gulls are most often viewed in large, noisy flocks wherever food is available. They usually flock around fishing boats, picnic grounds, parking lots and garbage dumps.

Seagulls can be found almost across the world with the exception of some central Pacific islands, and some areas in Southeast Asia. The species that live all across North America include Black-legged Kittiwake’s, Bonaparte’s Gull, California’ Gull, Common Black Headed Gull, Franklin’s Gull, Glaucus Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Heermann’s Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Ivory Gull, Laughing Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Gull, Mew Gull, Red-legged Kittiwake, Ring-billed Gull, Ross’s Gull, Sabine’s Gull, Thayer’s Gull, and Western Gull.

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