Ring-billed Gull

The Ring-billed Gull is the most common gull along St. Lawrence River and lakes in Montreal. The species is adapted well to the city life and it can be observed frequently to compete directly against pigeons for food.

How to Identify?

You need to get close to this species to identify. Ring-billed gulls feature a black ring around the bill, as their name indicate. This characteristic can be observed also on older juveniles. This gull is the smallest of the gulls in Montreal, Although size is a weak distinctive mark, especially when compared with the only slightly larger Herring Gull.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

This species can be observed all year along the river and lakes in Montreal and it is especially abundant at the border of the river in parks like Rapids Park Lachine. It is less frequent in winter, though.Further you can spot this species in the city itself. Usually, when you spot a gull in the streets of Montreal it is a Ring-billed Gull.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Ringschnabelmöwe [de]
Ring-billed Gull [en]
Gaviota de Delaware [es]
Goéland à bec cerclé [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Larus delawarensis


larus, larus delawarensis, ring-billed gull

Similar Species

Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull