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Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis

The Ring-billed Gull is the most common gull along St. Lawrence River and lakes in Montreal. The species is adapted well to the city life and it can be observed frequently to compete directly against pigeons for food.

Common Names

  • Ring-billed Gull (en)
  • Gaviota de Delaware (es)
  • Goéland à bec cerclé (fr)
  • Ringschnabelmöwe (de)

Taxonomy

  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus delawarensis

Where & When to Spot

This species can be observed all year along the river and lakes in Montreal and it is especially abundant at the border of the river in parks like Rapids Park Lachine. It is less frequent in winter, though.Further you can spot this species in the city itself. Usually, when you spot a gull in the streets of Montreal it is a Ring-billed Gull.

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.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Park Angrignon, Montreal 5 3 3 1
Park Mont-Royal 3 0 0 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 2 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 6 0 1 1

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

You need to get close to this species to identify. Ring-billed gulls feature a black ring around the bill, as their name indicate. This characteristic can be observed also on older juveniles. This gull is the smallest of the gulls in Montreal, Although size is a weak distinctive mark, especially when compared with the only slightly larger Herring Gull.

Photos

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

moulin-legare - 2017-09-02

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 150mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.0; Iso 640;

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-10-30

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Yawn! Monday morning! How boring is that?

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-10-30

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 640;

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

About to pick up something from a leave. Unfortunately, not able to identify what it was. Something round brownish.

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-10-15

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 150mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f5.0; Iso 220;

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-10-15

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Landing

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - 2016-03-21

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f7.1; Iso 200;

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

A group of gulls are pausing at the border of the lake.

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-05-03

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 250mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f8.0; Iso 360;

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