Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

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

Regional

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

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On Dec 27, 2008, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Fishermen in New England and the Canadian Maritimes call this a bird a "farmer gull".

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On Dec 26, 2008, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a very large Gull, which can be found in European and North American coasts and islands of the North Atlantic. Some move further south to large inland lakes or reservoirs.

This is the largest Gull, with a wingspan of 1.41.7 m (4 ft 7 in 5 ft 7 in) and length 6174 cm (2428 in). The back is black, legs pinkish and beak is yellow with a red spot which can just be seen in my second pic.

They take longer to mature than other gulls, at least 4 years. They are carnivorous and will scavenge for food, eating anything smaller than themselves, hunting more like a raptor.