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Great Black-backed Gull - Larus marinus

Largest of the gulls seen around Montreal. Shows up usually as single bird at parks.

Common Names

  • Great Black-backed Gull (en)
  • Gavión atlántico (es)
  • Goéland marin (fr)
  • Mantelmöwe (de)


  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus marinus

Where & When to Spot

I see this bird all year around except winter. Usually sitting on a rock surrounded by water. I haven't seen this species within flocks of other gulls.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Angrignon, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 2 0 1 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Identifiable by the dark grey back and red point on the yellow beak. Larger than the more common Ring-billed gull which as a light grey back and black ring around the beak.


Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

A rare visitor of Rapids Park Lachine, beautifully posing for this shot.

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-10-15

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

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