California Gull

General description.

The "California Gull" is mid-sized and resembles the small "Ring-billed Gull" with its yellow legs, also the "Herring Gull", but with darker mantle. It has a white head, neck, underparts and tail. This gull has long legs and bill, and narrow wings. There is a bright red orbital ring around the eye of the breeding adult.

Juvenile appearance.

The young are dark, grayish brown; whitish on the center of the breast and belly. The bill is all dark and the legs pink.

Breeding habits.

The "California Gull" breeds in the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Dakotas and Montana.

Calls or song.

The "California Gull" calls "kyow"in a high, hoarse voice.

Population and distribution.

The "California Gull" can be found along the Pacific Ocean shoreline, as well as lakes, farms, dumps and urban centers. Their winter migration moves to coastal California. There are an estimated one million of these gulls, which continue to increase in San Francisco Bay, especially.

Nesting habits.

The California nest in colonies, sometimes with other birds. The nest is a shallow depression on the ground lined with vegetation and feathers. The female usually lays 2 or 3 eggs. Both parents feed the young birds.
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