- 11.4–11.8 in
- 24 in
- 3.5–5.3 oz
- Mouette pygmée (French)
- Gaviota mínima (Spanish)
- The first record of Little Gull in North America was in 1819, but the first nest was not discovered until 1962. After that time, numbers increased and sightings became more frequent. Whether the species had always been present in small numbers or if it newly colonized the continent in the 1960s is unknown.
- In North America the Little Gull is most frequently observed during winter and on migration in groups of one to three, usually associated with larger flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls.
- A Little Gull chick banded in Sweden was found dead on the road in Pennsylvania in its first summer.
Breeds in shallow, freshwater wetlands, such as marshes. Winters along coasts, large lakes, and rivers.
Flying insects, small fish, and aquatic invertebrates.
- Clutch Size
- 1–4 eggs
- Egg Description
- Olive to buff, marked with numerous small spots and blotches of dark brown, often concentrated around the larger end.
- Condition at Hatching
- Semiprecocial with eyes open. Covered in down. Able to stand within a day, leave nest within a few days of hatching.
A floating platform of vegetation, placed in thick reeds above water.
Flies along and plucks food from surface of water.
There is little information on Little Gull population numbers and trends. Only a very small population lives in North America, which may have increased since the 1960s. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates a continental total of 100-200 breeding birds, and lists it as a Species of High Concern. Little Gull rates a 13 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds Watch List.
- Ewins, P. J., and D. V. Weseloh. 1999. Little Gull (Larus minutus). In The Birds of North America, No. 428 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
- Kushlan, J.A., et al. 2002. Waterbird conservation for the Americas: the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, version 1. Waterbird Conservation for the Americas. Washington, DC.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2016. The State of North
America’s Birds 2016. Environment and Climate Change Canada: Ottawa, Ontario.