Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis

Say “seagull” and most people know you’re talking about a gregarious, white-and-gray waterbird common around harbors and beaches and highly tolerant of humans. Of the 19 North American gull species, the Ring-billed Gull is the one you’re most likely to see around the Great Lakes. It can be found along the ocean coasts, but many of these “seagulls” never see anything except fresh water all their lives. Although referred to as seagulls, a common misnomer, these are properly called gulls.