Larus glaucoides

Common Names: Iceland gull
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Gulls, Terns, & Skimmers

A large gull which breeds in the Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland, but not Iceland, where it is only seen in the winter. A fairly large gull, very pale in all plumages, with absolutely no melanin in the tips of the primaries in adult plumage. Adults are pale grey above, with a yellowish-green bill. Immatures are very pale grey; the bill is more extensively dark than with glaucous gull, and lacks pink. It is smaller and thinner billed than the very large glaucous gull, and is usually smaller than the herring gull.

A rare visitor to Connecticut, it is found along the shore line, or potentially with other gulls near garbage dumps.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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