Living Bird Magazine
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Laridae
A huge gull of the frozen North, the Glaucous Gull breeds across most of the high Arctic. It winters farther north than most gulls, but it does turn up as far south as California and Virginia.More ID Info
- Gavión Hiperbóreo (Spanish)
- Goéland bourgmestre (French)
- Cool Facts
- First- and second-year Glaucous Gulls appear to move farther southward than adults, and most individuals seen in the southern portion of the winter range are immatures.
- The Glaucous Gull is an active predator at seabird nesting colonies. It will walk into colonies and take eggs and chicks left unprotected, and will fly above a foraging arctic fox or person disturbing the colony and take eggs and chicks that are exposed during the disturbance.
- The oldest recorded Glaucous Gull was at least 9 years, 1 month old, when it was seen in Nunavut in 2003, and ID'd by its band.