Living Bird Magazine
Ivory GullPagophila eburnea
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Laridae
A small white gull of the high Arctic, the Ivory Gull only rarely comes south of the Bering Sea or the Maritime Provinces. In fact, it rarely is found away from pack ice, spending the winter on the ice north of Newfoundland.More ID Info
- Gaviota Marfileña (Spanish)
- Mouette blanche (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Ivory Gull casts up pellets of indigestible matter from its food, such as bones and fur. Pellet-casting is most frequent where lemmings are abundant and are the major prey.
- The adult Ivory Gull attending the nest expels its faeces powerfully by aiming its cloaca outward from cliff nest sites.
- Large nests of the Ivory Gull are eaten by caribou during the winter and early spring.
- The oldest recorded Ivory Gull was at least 23 years, 11 months old when it was shot in Greenland in 2005. It had been banded in Nunavut in 1982.