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American Herring Gull

Larus smithsonianus


The American Herring Gull or Smithsonian Gull (Larus smithsonianus) or (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) is a large gull which breeds in North America, where it is treated by the American Ornithologists' Union as a subspecies of Herring Gull (L. argentatus). Adults are white with gray back and wings, black wingtips with white spots, and pink legs. Immature birds are gray-brown and are darker and more uniform than European Herring Gulls, with a darker tail.


coasts, lakes, rivers and garbage dumps


Summer of 2011, Seagulls find some shade to escape the extreme temperatures we had experienced that year.

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Michigan, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2011
Submitted on Sep 19, 2013

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