Living Bird Magazine
Sabine's GullXema sabini
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Laridae
Sabine's Gull is an unusual and distinctive arctic gull that breeds at high latitudes but winters near the tropics. A striking bird in all plumages with a bold upper wing pattern, long pointed wings, a notched tail, and a short black bill with a yellow tip.More ID Info
- Gaviota Cola Hendida (Spanish)
- Mouette de Sabine (French)
- Cool Facts
- Most yearling Sabine's Gulls do not attempt to breed and do not return to the breeding grounds. Their summer home is still relatively unknown.
- Although most Sabine's Gulls migrate along the coasts or at sea, some migrate directly north-south, directly across North America.
- The only member of its genus, the Sabine's Gull is like no other gull. Many of its behaviors resemble those of terns more than gulls.
- The oldest recorded Sabine's Gull was at least 8 years, 1 month old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Alaska.