Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53637

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Gabianus
Genus species:Gabianus pacificus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:58-66 cm
Weight:.9-1.1 kg
Identification:The Pacific gull has a white body with a black mantle and wings and a yellow bill with red tips. The wings of the gull have white edges, and the tail has a black band.
Habitat:Coastal areas
Diet:Carnivore: fish, shellfish, worms, insects, carrion, eggs, birds
Reproduction:Pacific gulls nest in either the spring or fall, depending on the population's location. They form loose nesting colonies. Each pair lays 2-3 eggs.
This species is usually solitary or found only in pairs.
Behavior:When feeding on shellfish, Pacific gulls will drop them from great heights to break open the shell.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The Pacific gull is Australia's only endemic species.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Australia Date:1972-01 Subjects:Pacific gull
gull-like bird
Gulls
Laridae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata