Glaucous Gull

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Scientific Information

Adult Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gulls (Larus hyperboreus) are a large white gull with a pale gray back. They have yellow eyes and a red gonys spot on their lower mandible. Their legs and feet are pink. They have white along the leading and trailing edges of their wings and wing tips. Glaucous Gulls breed here in Alaska and prefer to live around the shores of lakes, rivers and coast, as well as refuse dumps and sewer outflows.

Community Information

Shishmaref

Name

Nauzuak

Nauyuak (Ikpik)

Spoken Name

Relevant Site Information

These are the most common gulls around Shishmaref. Declan Troy (ornithologist currently studying gulls) tells us that some of the birds he studies on the North Slope end up in Shishmaref and eventually on to the Asian coast in the Sea of Okhotsk. If you dont want gulls to get into your meat then hang a gull with its mouth open.

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