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Western Gull - Larus occidentalis

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
Western Gull breeds along the Pacific coast and offshore islands from Washington state to Baja California. The species is uncommon at inland locations (Pierotti and Annett 1995).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Citation for data on this website:
Western Gull — Larus occidentalis.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from