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Ring-billed Gull Identification

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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

    • 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