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Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Glaucous-winged Gull is a year-round resident of the Pacific Coast from southern Alaska (including the coastal islands) south to northwestern Oregon (Sibley 2014). This species winters along the Pacific Coast from Oregon south through Baja California (Hayward and Verbeek 2008). In Montana, the Glaucous-winged Gull has several winter records over the past decade (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

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.

Species Range

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 31

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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:
Glaucous-winged Gull — Larus glaucescens.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from