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Merlin Bird ID

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    Ring-billed Gull Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Ring-billed is a medium-sized gull with a fairly short, slim bill. When the gull perches, its long, slender wings extend well past its square-tipped tail. In flight, the birds move lightly on easy flaps of their fairly slender wings.

      Relative Size

      Roughly pigeon-sized body (but with long wings), smaller than Herring Gull

      Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 16.9-21.3 in (43-54 cm)
        • Weight: 10.6-24.7 oz (300-700 g)
        • Wingspan: 41.3-46.1 in (105-117 cm)

    Regional Differences

    None