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Little Gull Identification

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Adult Description

  • Small gull.
  • Back and wings pale gray with white wingtips.
  • Underside of wings blackish.
  • Underparts white.
  • Head black during breeding.
  • Dark spot behind eyes and on cap in winter.

Immature Description

Juvenile Plumage: Much blackish on head, neck, and back, a black bar across the wing, and a black tail tip.
First Winter (Basic I) Plumage: similar to nonbreeding adult, but with brownish black bar across the base of the wing, much black in the outer wing, and a black band across the tip of the tail.
First Summer (Alternate I) Plumage: Like first winter, but with full or partial hood. Dark on back fades with wear. Center of tail tip often white.
Second Winter (Basic II) Plumage: Like adult, but variable black markings on upper wingtip, and paler under wings.
Relative Size

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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