Yellow-footed gull

Adults are similar in appearance to the Western Gull with a white head, dark, slate-colored back and wings, and a thick yellow bill. Its legs are yellow, though first winter birds do display pink legs like those of the Western Gull. It attains full plumage at three years of age. The gull measures 21-23 inches .

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Original source: Steve Ryan from Groveland, CA, USA
Author: Steve Ryan from Groveland, CA, USA

The Yellow-footed gull is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Gull, the Yellow-footed Gull breeds only in Mexico's Gulf of California. However, post-breeding wanderers regularly travel north to California's Salton Sea where they are sought after by avid birders. Identification A large, white-headed gull with a dark slate-colored back, its thick bill is bright yellow, matching the color of its legs. Easily identified within its range, as no other gull approaches it in size and darkness other than the closely-related, but pink-legged, Western Gull. More

Indeed, until recently the Yellow-footed Gull was treated as a subspecies of Western Gull, but it is probably more closely related to the Kelp Gull (L. dominicanus) of the Southern Hemisphere. Although its breeding range lies completely within Mexico, the Yellow-footed Gull occurs regularly in the United States as a postbreeding visitor to the Salton Sea in southeastern California. More

The Yellow-footed Gull, Larus livens, is a large gull, closely related to the Western Gull and thought to be a subspecies until the 1960s. Adults are similar in appearance to the Western Gull with a white head, dark, slate-colored back and wings, and a thick yellow bill. Its legs are yellow, though first winter birds do display pink legs like those of the Western Gull. It attains full plumage at three years of age. The gull measures 21-23 inches (53-58 centimeters). More

The Yellow-footed Gull has a somewhat limited range reaching up to roughly 16,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Mexico and the United States. This bird appears in marine environments such as intertidal areas, beaches, sand bars, sea cliffs and coastal freshwater lakes. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 60,000 and 600,000 individual birds. More

Yellow-footed Gull Juvenile - The juvenile Yellow-footed Gull is brown-gray mottled overall with a white belly, black bill and pale pink legs and feet. Yellow-footed Gull Juvenile Yellow-footed Gull - The adult Yellow-footed Gull has a white body and dark gray back and wings. The bill is yellow with a red spot near the tip of the lower mandible. The legs and feet are yellow. Yellow-footed Gull Yellow-footed Gull 1st Summer - The first summer Yellow-footed Gull has faint streaking on the head, neck and sides. More

YELLOW-FOOTED GULL (LARUS LIVENS) PREYS ON A BLACK STORM-PETREL (OCEANODROMA MELANIA) - Robin W. Baird Colonial Waterbirds 19:260-261. 1996. Abstract I observed a Yellow-footed Gull (Larus livens) capture an apparently healthy Black Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma melania) near a breeding colony of petrels in the Bay of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. More

California in Mexico, the Yellow-footed Gull occurs in postbreeding dispersal not only throughout the Gulf but also at the Salton Sea, California. Formerly considered a race of the Western Gull, it was unrecorded in California until the mid-1960s but now numbers up to a thousand individuals. At an estimated 20,000 breeding pairs, it has the smallest population of any North American gull and this fact, plus its limited breeding range, make it of conservation concern. Like other gulls, it is a generalist predator and scavenger. More

Yellow-footed Gulls are native to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Most individuals are non-migratory, but an increasing number have been traveling to California's Salton Sea during nonbreeding periods. The population is estimated at about 60,000 and appears to be stable. Breeding / Nesting: Their breeding habitat is the Gulf of California, where they nest either independently or in colonies. More

The Yellow-footed Gull (Larus livens) breeds in the Gulf of California and is a visitor to the Salton Sea in southern California. There are apparently very few records of genuine extralimital records of this species. Unlike many other large gulls, the Yellow-footed is a three-year gull instead of a four-year gull. In 2nd year plumage it retains a distinctive black tail band, yet shows a mantle color much like an adult bird. More

Here is my photo of a Yellow-Footed Gull I spotted on Mullet Island, a small isle used for nesting by Brown Pelicans and Double-Crested Cormorants at the Salton Sea. The bird is at bottom center. The gulls at top are California Gulls. If you are interested in learning more about this bird online - I recommend you start with the Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. More

Yellow-footed Gull We got to see this young Yellow-footed... Click to show "Yellow-footed Gull" result 14 175 x 131 8 kb Yellow-footed Gull Click to show "Yellow-footed Gull" result 15 200 x 142 22 kb Yellow-footed Gull We are batting a thousand in the... More

Yellow-Footed Gull Click on the Yellow-Footed Gull to view a larger image. DISTINGUISHING MARKS 27” (69 cm). This large gull closely resembles the Western Gull, but the adult has yellow (not pinkish) feet. It matures in its third year, not the fourth, as the Western Gull does. The brown juvenile bird has a whitish belly and by the first winter already has some black on the back. The yellow feet are attained by the second winter. More

Here's the Yellow-footed Gull with a Brown Pelican in the background. We waited impatiently for the gull to stand and show off his bright orange-yellow legs & feet. Yellow-footed Gull In a pond at the southeast corner of Obsidian Butte we found dozens of Lesser Yellowlegs and two Bonaparte's Gulls. More

Here we found Mickey's life Yellow-footed Gull-lots of them, in fact. The Yellow-footed Gulls rear their young in the Gulf of California, and then fly up to the Salton Sea for a post-breeding vacation. During the late summer you can find hundreds here-but come the winter there are only a few left on the entire sea. More

Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Laridae
Genus : Larus
Species : livens
Authority : Dwight, 1919