Heermann's Gull

(Larus heermanni)
Hermann's Gull
Second year Heermann's Gull at Baker Beach.

Will Elder, NPS


Natural History: Heermann's Gull feeds on marine fishes, invertebrates, and scavenges material along shorelines, beaches, and offshore kelp beds. It breeds off the Mexican Coast.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in the ocean, bays, tidal sand areas, areas of tidal rock, and around piers and pilings.

Frequency: This species is common in summer, fall, and winter but uncommon during the spring.

Identifying Characteristics: Heermann's Gull can be noted by its dark gray color with a black tail, whitish head, and red bill.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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