Yellow-legged Gull: Large white gull, medium gray upperparts and red spot on bright yellow bill; legs and feet are yellow. Tail is white. Wades or makes shallow dives to catch food, steals, scavenges. Strong, direct flight with deep, steady wing beats. Rides thermals and updrafts, sometimes hovers.
Range and Habitat
Yellow-legged Gull: A European and Asian gull that very rarely wanders to Newfoundland or the north Atlantic Coast. Mostly found near the ocean or large bodies of water.
The Yellow-legged Gull was first described in 1840 by Friedrich Naumann, a German scientist and editor.
It is now generally accepted that the Yellow-legged Gull is a full species, but until recently there was much disagreement.
It was sometimes considered to be part of the same species as the Caspian Gull and the combined species was then called Larus cachinnans.
A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.