Little Gull Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A very small, compact gull, the size of a medium-sized tern, with moderately long but rounded wings, short tail, small head, fine, pointed bill, and short legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Black Tern, slightly smaller than a Bonaparte’s Gull.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.4-11.8 in (29-30 cm)
      • Weight: 3.5-5.3 oz (100-150 g)
      • Wingspan: 24.0 in (61 cm)

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