Photo: Dr. Marvin Hyett/Vireo

Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis

Long considered just a yellow-legged race of the Herring Gull, this form was recently recognized as a full species. Native to southern Europe, it has strayed very rarely to eastern North America.
Family Gulls and Terns
Long considered just a yellow-legged race of the Herring Gull, this form was recently recognized as a full species. Native to southern Europe, it has strayed very rarely to eastern North America.
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  • adult, breeding
  • adult, breeding



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
A deep, strident kyow.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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