Ross's Gull: The pink gull of the high Arctic. Small gull, pale gray upperparts, gray-white nape, white neck with thin black collar, and white, wedge-shaped tail; underparts are variably pink. Black bill is very short; legs, feet are orange-red. Often feeds on mudflats like a wader.
Range and Habitat
Ross's Gull: East Siberia, northern Canada, Greenland. Common fall migrant along northern coast of Alaska. Accidental or casual to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, northern midwest U.S. and New England shore as far south as New Jersey. Believed to winter at sea. Only known nesting area in North America is near Churchill, Manitoba.
The Ross's Gull is named after the British explorer James Clark Ross.
The appearance of one in settled areas attracts hundreds of observers and often makes headlines in newspapers.
A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.