Utah Winter Gulls

by Dennis Shirley

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     Yellow-footed Gull
  (similar species)

Yellow-footed Gull - deep yellow bill, dark gray mantle, yellow legs
by Mark Stevenson   ©Mark M. Stevenson

Yellow-footed Gull

Similar Species
   Western Gull - has pink legs and feet and usually a paler mantle and a less deep bill. First-winter Western Gulls are darker and more uniform gray-brown below, and lacks the strongly contrasting whitish belly of the juvenile Yellow-footed Gull. The 2nd winter Western Gull is similar to the second winter Yellow-footed but has pink legs.
   Other Gulls   - Except for the Western no large, dark-mantled gulls is normally found in the same range as Yellow-footed Gull. (Lesser Black-backed Gulls are similar and have yellow feet, but are seen rarely in the Gulf of California area, the domain of the Yellow-footed Gull)


Adult Western - has a more shallow bill, pink legs and feet and slightly lighter mantle
Photo by Joel Beyer   ©Joel Beyer

Winter Lesser Black-backed Adult - is similar to the Yellow-footed, but may have a little
darker mantle and is rarely found in the same range (Gulf of California area).

Photo by Paul Higgins   ©Paul Higgins

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