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Ivory Gull

Pagophila eburnea


A beautiful, rare bird that is only found in the high Arctic. It is the only pure white gull, has a blue bill with a yellow tip and black legs. Its call is very similar to a tern's, a high pitched screeching noise. Has its own genus and is quite different in many aspects from most of the Larus gulls. They looked almost magical against the blue sky, quite possibly my favourite bird spotting of my trip.


Circumpolar distribution, but found only in the high Arctic.


These gorgeous birds were found only in the Greenland sea ice, and around the Svalbard archipelago. These pictures were taken in the NE Greenland sea ice.

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Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago


Sukaina 8 years ago

awesome captures!

LauraMaria 8 years ago

Thank you so much everyone :) They certainly are beautiful, one of my favourite living things!

Jeannette 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting :)

Beautiful and rare bird.

LauraMaria 9 years ago

Thank you everyone! Elsa, I saw your pic on Flickr, great snap! They are such gorgeous birds, aren't they? I saw some at Spitsbergen too, but mostly out in Greenland.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

How beautiful!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Beautiful bird!

Elsa 9 years ago

Beautiful! I got so excited when I spotted one in Spitsbergen!! Said to be the most beautiful bird of the arctic :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great spotting...
Laura... its look to be you have enjoyed Arctic visit perfectly....!!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago


ceherzog 9 years ago

Really wonderful!

KarenL 9 years ago

How lovely!

Wonderful to see organisms in the Arctic! Thank you for sharing your spottings with us.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic! So pure. I love the map placement Laura. Wiki says it follows polar bears around.

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


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