North American Bird Photos and Facts

Gull-like Birds

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed GullSize - 18 to 20 inches long.
Habitat - Sea coasts, lakes, and city parks.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of grass and stems on the ground.
Eggs - 2 to 4, pale brown, spotted with brown and lilac. Incubation 25 days, by both sexes. Nest in large colonies.
Food - Insects and small fish; also scavengers.

American White Pelican

White PelicanSize - 50 to 70 inches long
Habitat - Marshes, lakes, and coastal lagoons.
Nesting - The nest is a large mound of soil and plant debris on an island or in a marsh.
Eggs - 1 to 6, dull white. Incubation about 5 weeks, by both parents. Young leave the nest four weeks after hatching.
Food - Fish, caught as bird swims along the surface.

Franklin's Gull

Franklin's GullSize - 13-15 inches long.
Habitat - Inland marshes, lakes, and beaches.
Nesting - The nest is a sturdy cup of reeds and marsh grass, in salt marsh.
Eggs - 2 to 3, olive with dark brown spots. Incubation 21 days.
Food - Insects and small fish.

Laughing Gull

laughing gullSize - 15-17 inches long.
Habitat - Beaches, salt marshes, and lagoons.
Nesting - The nest is a sturdy cup of reeds and marsh grass, in salt marsh.
Eggs - 3 to 4, olive with dark brown spots. Incubation 21 days.
Food - Mostly fish, worms, insects, and refuse thrown from ships.

Common Tern

Common ternSize - 13 to 16 1/2 inches long.
Habitat - Marshes, beaches, lakes, and rivers.
Nesting - The nest is a scape in the sand or depression among marsh plants.
Eggs - 2 to 4, olive or tan, spotted with brown. Incubation 21-26 days, by both sexes. Young fly at about 4 weeks.
Food - Insects and fish.

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