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 64 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 2 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 11 weeks ago 58 sec 4.8
An adult bird on a rock Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway
Javier Ortas 27 June 2010 4 years ago 31 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 13 weeks ago 25 sec 4.5
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 13 weeks ago 28 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 89 photos
A Mew Gull attacked by a Hooded Crow
Locality Berlin, Germany
Susanne Rintelen 29 January 2010 5 years ago 4.7
A first summer bird
Locality Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland (ssp canus)
Luis Mario Arce 26 May 2012 1 year ago 4.7
a bird lands on the ice
Locality Finland (ssp canus)
Franck Renard 29 April 2008 6 years ago 4.5
Portrait of an immature bird
Locality Harju County, Estonia
Tomas Grim 2 June 2015 8 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Seton Sands, Port Seton, East Lothian Council, Scotland, Great Britain
Lukasz Michal Pulawski 3 January 2015 12 weeks ago 4.5
Adult standing on rock stretching a wing.
Locality Alaska, USA (United States) (ssp brachyrhynchus)
Pete Morris 5 June 2004 1 year ago 4.3
SoundsSee all 9 recordings
calls at nesting area Locality Poel Island, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Joe Klaiber 20 weeks ago 4.5
Calls of 2 birds flying past Locality Castricum, North Holland Province, Netherlands
Stuart Fisher 31 May 2002 5 years ago 4.5
Calls by a group of birds. Locality Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 9 June 2012 2 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 2 years ago 4
Long call of two birds Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 14 February 2010 5 years ago 4
Calls of several birds competing for bread scraps with Black-headed Gulls Locality London, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 19 December 2009 5 years ago 4