Mew Gull (Larus canus) - HBW 3, p. 603
French: Goéland cendré
Spanish: Gaviota Cana
Other common names: Common Gull (Eurasia); Short-billed Gull (brachyrhynchus)
Taxonomy: Larus canus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Sometimes considered to form a superspecies with L. delawarensis, but morphometric analysis links it instead with L. melanocephalus. L. glaucus is a synonym. Race kamtschatschensis sometimes treated as a separate species, but interbreeds with heinei in Siberia. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- canus Linnaeus, 1758 - Iceland and British Is E to White Sea; winters from Europe to N Africa and Persian Gulf.
- heinei Homeyer, 1853 - Russia, from Kanin Peninsula and Moscow area E to NC Siberia (R Lena); winters in SE Europe and at Black and Caspian Seas.
- kamtschatschensis (Bonaparte, 1857) - NE Siberia; winters SE Asia.
- brachyrhynchus Richardson, 1831 - N Alaska and N Mackenzie S to S British Columbia and N Saskatchewan; winters S to California.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 72 videos
A view of a bird at the nest, standing up alert, calling and then incubating again. Locality Potter Marsh, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp brachyrhynchus)
Josep del Hoyo 1 June 2012 3 years ago 44 sec 4.8
A bird flying on a lagoon and attacking several times a Whooper Swan, who lowers its head as a defence. Locality Komagvaer, Varanger Fjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp canus)
Josep del Hoyo 31 May 2014 1 year ago 58 sec 4.8
An adult bird on a rock Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway
Javier Ortas 27 June 2010 5 years ago 31 sec 4.6
A bird landing on its nest, built on an old boat, and incubating. Locality Ekkeroy, Varanger Fjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp canus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 May 2014 1 year ago 28 sec 4.6
An adult on the water, streching the wings and calling, then repeated at slow motion. Locality Vadsoya, Vadso, Varanger Fjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp canus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 May 2014 1 year ago 25 sec 4.5
Bath day. Locality Langeoog, East Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 28 June 2012 3 years ago 1 min 44 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 107 photos
A pair on a rock
Locality Ekkeroy, Varanger Fjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp canus)
Frederic Pelsy 16 May 2015 39 weeks ago 5
A Mew Gull attacked by a Hooded Crow
Locality Berlin, Germany
Susanne Rintelen 29 January 2010 6 years ago 4.7
A first summer bird
Locality Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland (ssp canus)
Luis Mario Arce 26 May 2012 2 years ago 4.7
Adult Mew Gull at Glen Doll, Scotland
Locality Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, Great Britain
Tamas Zeke 1 July 2001 18 weeks ago 4.6
a bird lands on the ice
Locality Finland (ssp canus)
Franck Renard 29 April 2008 7 years ago 4.6
adult on nest built in a tree
Locality Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (ssp canus)
tolanger 8 June 2013 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.5
SoundsSee all 10 recordings
A number of birds calling while flying.
Locality Havnevegen, Levanger, Nord-Trondelag County, Norway
Josep del Hoyo 7 June 2014 41 weeks ago 4.5
calls at nesting area Locality Poel Island, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Joe Klaiber 1 year ago 4.5
Calls of 2 birds flying past Locality Castricum, North Holland Province, Netherlands
Stuart Fisher 31 May 2002 6 years ago 4.5
Calls by a group of birds. Locality Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 9 June 2012 3 years ago 4
Calls by several birds around a small colony. Locality Potter Marsh, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 1 June 2012 3 years ago 4
Long call of two birds Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 14 February 2010 6 years ago 4