Mew Gull: Medium-sized gull with gray back and upperwings, and white head, neck, breast, and belly. Bill is bright yellow. Wings have white-spotted black tips; tail is white. Feet and legs are dull yellow. Graceful, bouyant flight. Undulating, with several rapid wingbeats and a pause.
Range and Habitat
Mew Gull: Breeds from Alaska east to central Mackenzie and south to northern Saskatchewan and along the coast to southern British Columbia. Spends winters on the Pacific coast and along the boreal forest belt of Eurasia. Found in and along coastal ranges, tidal estuaries, interior lakes, and marshy grasslands.
The Mew Gull has an extensive breeding range, with three distinct forms that are sometimes considered different species.
Although it is a common bird along the Pacific Coast, it is a rarity in the East. Birds that appear along the Atlantic Coast are likely from Europe.
It is the only white-headed gull that regularly uses trees for nesting.
A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.