Glaucous Gull

Larus hyperboreus

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Larus hyperboreus


Gulls and terns

Conservation status:




62cm to 68cm


150cm to 165cm


1000g to 2kg

About the Glaucous Gull

The glaucous gull is a large pale gull that has white tips on the wings. Juveniles are more of a creamy white or biscuit coloured depending on their age, but all ages have pale tips on the wings.

Glaucous gulls are bigger and bulkier than herring gulls. They have a bigger beak, fiercer expression and more of a square head, than the extremely similar, but smaller identical relative, the Icelandic gull.

What does a Glaucous Gull eat?

Their diets mainly consist of shellfish, carrion and scavenging for scraps.

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