Iceland Gull

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(Larus glaucoides kumlieni)

The misnamed Iceland Gull actually breeds in Greenland and extreme northeastern Canada. The Canada breeders are designated as the kumlieni subspecies of Iceland Gull, or Kumlien’s Gull, and migrate to winter as far south as the Great Lakes, the maritimes, and the northeastern seaboard of the U.S. where they are seen annually, but only in small numbers. Adults have a pale gray mantle which can appear almost white in  bright lighting conditions. They have pink legs and are distinguished from the other gulls with which they keep company by the near (or even complete) absence of black on the wing tips. As of July, 2017 Thayer’s Gull is considered a subspecies of Iceland Gull.

 

 

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