Mew (Common) Gull

Larus canus

Common Gulls of all ages (this one, first winter) are recorded in Newfoundland each year, mostly in winter.
– Photo: Jared Clarke

Status: Very Uncommon

Origins: Common Gull (L.c. canus) is the European counterpart to American Mew Gull (L.c. brachrhynchus) and sometimes considered a separate species. It breeds in Iceland, northern Europe and Asia, wintering further south. American Mew Gull is not known to occur here.

Details: Common Gull (aka European Mew Gull) is an annual visitor to Newfoundland – mainly on the Avalon Peninsula in winter. While most birds are thought to originate from Iceland, an individual collected from Notre Dame Bay in April 1956 had been banded in the White Sea, Russia! One individual recorded in September 2014 is generally considered to have been of the Kamchatka race originating in east Asia.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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