Larus Occidentalis - Western Gull | Center Moriches, New York

© Sophie W. Smith

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Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Larus
Species:L. occidentalis
Binomial name
Larus occidentalis

The western gull (Larus occidentalis) is a large white-headed gull that lives on the west coast of North America. It was previously considered conspecific with the yellow-footed gull (Larus livens) of the Gulf of California. The western gull ranges from British Columbia, Canada to Baja California, Mexico, and, because of its convenient colonies on the coast of California, it is well studied. Despite being a well-known bird species on the West Coast of the US, it is of some slight conservation concern given its restricted range (for a gull). Read more

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