Western Gull, Larus occidentalis

The Western gull, Larus occidentalis, is a large white-headed gull common along the western coast of North America. The Western gull ranges from British Columbia to Baja California. It is exclusively marine, and nests on offshore rocks and islands. While offshore it feeds on fishes and invertebrates that it can take at the surface (it cannot dive), and will scavenge carcasses and shellfish while foraging along the shore. It is known to predate upon other smaller birds. Western gulls have a lifespan up to about 25 years, although 15-20 years is more common.

Western gull, early morning pink sky, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California

Western gull, early morning pink sky.
Image ID: 18394
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Western gull, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California

Western gull.
Image ID: 26465
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Western gull, Larus occidentalis

Western gull.
Image ID: 03766
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis

Western gull, adult breeding plumage, note yellow orbital ring around eye, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California

Western gull, adult breeding plumage, note yellow orbital ring around eye.
Image ID: 15114
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Western gull, open mouth, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California

Western gull, open mouth.
Image ID: 15553
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Western gull, flying, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California

Western gull, flying.
Image ID: 15559
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Western gull, courtship display, Larus occidentalis, La Jolla, California

Western gull, courtship display.
Image ID: 15556
Species: Western gull, Larus occidentalis
Location: La Jolla, California, USA

Keywords: Western gull, Larus occidentalis