Tuesday, July 31, 2012

San Francisco Bay Area SeaBirds, Western Gulls

San Francisco Bay Area Sea Birds
SeaBirds of Marin, SF Bay and Gulf of the Farallones

Western Gull

Western Gull Scientific classification
  • Western Gull Kingdom: Animalia
  • Western Gull Phylum: Chordata
  • Western Gull Class: Aves
  • Western Gull Order: Charadriiformes
  • Western Gull Family: Laridae
  • Western Gull Genus: Larus
  • Western Gull Species: L. occidentalis
Western Gull Binomial name
  • Larus occidentalis
The Western Gull is a large Gull. The male has a white head with a white neck and belly. The wings are slate grey and the tale is dark, usually black. The big distinguishing aspect from other Gulls is the pink legs. The adult male has a yellow bill with a red mark on lower mandible.
Other Information:
The Western Gull is a very common seabird in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you need to check them off the list visit the dockside restaurant "Sams" in Tiburon or most any other San Francisco Bay dockside eatery. These birds are rarely found far from the ocean. They are surprising in what they will eat, including fried chicken.

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