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Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea


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Ross's Gull, non-breeding plumage adult
credit: Seabamirum/CCSA

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Family: Laridae, Gulls and Terns view all from this family

Description Adult has pale gray back and upper wing, gray underwings, and otherwise mostly white plumage, including wedge-shaped tail and trailing edge to wing; in summer, underparts are faintly flushed pink. Hood is defined by neat black collar; feature reduced or absent in winter birds, which have a dark ear spot. Juvenile recalls winter adult but has dark wing bar.

Dimensions Length: 12-14" (30-36 cm)

Range Alaska, Western Canada

Discussion Stunning Arctic gull. Breeds mainly in Siberia (sometimes Churchill, Manitoba) and winters mostly in Arctic seas.