Herring Gull - Larus argentatus smithsonianus

Length 1.8-2.2 ft (55.0-67.0 cm)
Wingspan 4.4-4.8 ft (135.0-145.0 cm)
Weight 1.6-3.3 lb (720-1500 g)
Clutch Size 2-3
Chicks at birth Semi-precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, EU, AS

The Herring Gull or American Herring Gull is sometimes called the Smithsonian Gull. There is discussion on the species and subspecies breakdown of the Herring Gull Larus argentatus. The American Ornithologists' Union treats this gull as a subspecies of the Herring Gull Larus argentatus smithsonianus but some international organizations consider it a separate species Larus smithsonianus.

Internationally the Herring Gull inhabits the Northern Hemisphere and is found throughout North America. It is the most common and familiar gull on the northeastern U.S. They east fish, insects, other seabirds, eggs, carrion, human refuse, etc. The gull pictured below is eating remains from a fisherman filleting a salmon.

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