My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers


Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Order: Charadriiformes Family: Laridae
Laridae is a family of medium to large seabirds and includes jaegers, skuas, gulls, terns, kittiwakes and skimmers. They are typically grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They have stout, longish bills and webbed feet. There are 108 species world wide, 54 North American species, and 31 Michigan species.

Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea

Black-legged Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla

Black Tern, Chlidonias niger

Bonaparte’s Gull, Chroicocephalus philadelphia

California Gull, Larus californicus

Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia

Common Tern, Sterna hirundo

Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri

Franklin’s Gull, Leucophaeus pipixcan

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus

Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus

Herring Gull, Larus argentatus

Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides

Laughing Gull, Leucophaeus atricilla

Least Tern, Sternula antillarum

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus

Little Gull, Hydrocoleus minutus

Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis

Sabine’s Gull, Xema sabini

Thayer’s Gull, Larus thayeri

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