Larus canus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 43 cm.

Voice: Nasal Keow and shrill glieeoo.

Habits: Scavenges on fish waste and refuse in harbours and around fishing boats and ships, seeks invertebrates on mudflats, steals eggs and chicks from seabird colonies.

Smaller than Yellow-legged Gull with slim body, rounded head and shorter bill. Adult: With white head, greenish-yellow bill and legs, and develops a narrow blackish sub-terminal band in non-breeding season. Juvenile: Grey-brown mantle and wing-coverts with pale fringes, dark-streaked crown and ear-coverts, and mottled grey-brown breast-band.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Mew Gull (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous (fish, eggs and chicks of seabirds, invertebrates).
IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -

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