Photo: Dr. Yuri Artukhin/Vireo

Slaty-backed Gull

Larus schistisagus

Resident along the coastlines of northeastern Asia, this big gull is a regular summer visitor to western Alaska, usually in small numbers. In winter, it has appeared as a rare stray at widely scattered points in North America, as far east as New England and as far south as Texas.
Family Gulls and Terns
Resident along the coastlines of northeastern Asia, this big gull is a regular summer visitor to western Alaska, usually in small numbers. In winter, it has appeared as a rare stray at widely scattered points in North America, as far east as New England and as far south as Texas.
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  • adult, breeding
  • adult, nonbreeding
  • juvenile
  • immature (2nd year), wing molt
  • immature (3rd year)



Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls
Similar to that of Herring Gull, but deeper and more guttural.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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