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Iceland Gull - Larus glaucoides

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Iceland Gull breeds in the Arctic locally along the coastal regions of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Greenland (Sibley 2014). This species winters off the the coast of Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (Sibley 2014). In Montana, the Iceland Gull has had several winter records over the past 10 years (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
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 250

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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:
Iceland Gull — Larus glaucoides.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from