American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: smithsonianus

Regional

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
Lisle, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Traverse City, Michigan

Members' Notes:

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Neutral

On Mar 7, 2016, Aphthona from Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

DNA barcoding is unable to differentiate among the Herring gull, Thayer’s gull , Iceland gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Western gull, Glaucous-winged gull, and Glaucous gull. Therefore, the justification for splitting the Herring Gull into two species would appear to be rather weak.

Neutral

On Jan 5, 2011, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Unfortunatly these birds adapt well to human habitation. It is now illeagle (locally) to feed these birds out of the water. (I.E. on the beach) They make themselves at home in any garbage pile, spreading disease to other shore birds, and becoming nusance beggers at every restaurant with outdoor seating.

Neutral

On Jan 10, 2009, Resin from Northumberland,
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Recently split from [European] Herring Gull Larus argentatus.

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