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Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Aves > Charadriiformes > Laridae

Names in different Languages

EnglishGreat Black-backed Gull
FrenchGoéland marin
SpanishGavión atlántico


Largest of the gulls seen around Montreal. Shows up usually as single bird at parks.

How to Identify

Identifiable by the dark grey back and red point on the yellow beak. Larger than the more common Ring-billed gull which as a light grey back and black ring around the beak.

Where When to Spot

I see this bird all year around except winter. Usually sitting on a rock surrounded by water. I haven't seen this species within flocks of other gulls.



2021-08-17Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park
2019-05-09Parc de la Frayère
2018-04-22Parc Angrignon
2018-03-31Parc de la Frayère
2016-10-15Parc des Rapides