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Ring-billed Gull  - Larus delawarensis

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

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.

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.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Moulin Légaré - September 02, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 150mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f5.0; Iso 640;
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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Park Angrignon - October 30, 2016

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;
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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Yawn! Monday morning! How boring is that?

Park Angrignon - October 30, 2016

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 640;
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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Rapids Park Lachine - October 15, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;
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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Landing

Park Île-de-la-Visitation - March 21, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f7.1; Iso 200;
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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Surveying the grounds in order to find some food to pick up.

park-lafontaine - May 18, 2015

NIKON D7100; 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/4000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 200;
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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 - May 03, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 250mm; Exposure 1/2000; Aperture f8.0; Iso 360;
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