/ˈsiˌɡʌl/ a large bird that usually lives near an ocean or other large body of water.
In Native American traditions, seagulls represent wisdom and trickery. In some traditions, the gull is a wise grandmother who uses her cunning to protect the helpless.
Definition of gull (Entry 3 of 3) : a person who is easily deceived or cheated : dupe.
There's no such thing as a seagull—the correct term is simply “gull," because gulls don't live exclusively near the sea.
Gulls, or colloquially seagulls, are seabirds of the family Laridae in the suborder Lari. They are most closely related to the terns and skimmers and only distantly related to auks, and even more distantly to waders.
Gulls are members of a large, widespread family of seabirds. Often known as seagulls (though no species is actually called a seagull, and many are found far from the sea), they sometimes get a bad reputation for stealing chips. But gulls are intelligent, adaptable and often beautiful birds.
Conspicuous and gregarious, gulls are most abundant as breeders in the Northern Hemisphere, which has about 30 species in temperate to Arctic regions. They are mostly colonial ground nesters, and those that breed inland usually go to coasts in winter. Adult gulls are mainly gray or white, with variable head markings.
What eats the seagull? Baby seagulls and the eggs are often preyed upon by raccoons, minks, foxes, cats, and birds of prey. Adult gulls are less in danger of being eaten, but they're sometimes preyed upon by particularly large and dangerous predators.
According to scientific research, seagulls are intelligent birds and are learning all the time. Once they have learned something useful, they remember it and will even pass on behaviour patterns.
Gulls inhabit coastlines of oceans, bays, and major lakes. They typically prefer to stay within sight of land - some travel far inland to find food.
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Most of the gulls, especially the larger ones, are omnivorous, eating small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, according to “The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior.” They eat dead things that wash up on the shore, and also dung, grain and berries, the bird guide says.
Seagulls are excellent swimmers who are equally comfortable in the water and on land. They tend to be nuisances because they are scavenging birds that will eat pretty much anything, from dead fish to garbage, to insects or field mice.
You shall not make yourselves detestable with any creature that swarms; you shall not defile yourselves with them and so become unclean. For I am the Lord your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming creature that moves on the earth.
Over the Irish Sea in Celtic Ireland, they had their very own sea god who would actually take on the form of a seagull himself. His name was Manannan Mac Air, 'Lord of the sea'. When he wasn't in the guise of a gull he was known to ride his magical steed, Enbarr, who could gallop across both land and sea.
Therefore, seagulls do sleep but will try to look for a safe environment so that they can avoid being attacked in their sleep. During sleep, Seagulls will open and close their eyes periodically.
Seagulls eat insects, fish, and eggs. The fact that they consume insects keeps the insect population in check. Seagulls are natural pest control for farmers and gardeners.
Gulls generally have a lifespan of around twenty years. Gulls are social creatures and once roof nesting gets a hold, other gulls will start to move into an area and nest on adjacent buildings, until their numbers build up sufficiently that a colony is established.
Usually, they'll sleep in the water or in nests if they are protecting a chick. But they'll also sleep on beaches or sand bars, parks, and rooftops of large buildings. In other words, they sleep in broad open spaces, where other birds can warn them of possible danger. Seagulls are very clever birds.
No, birds don't have teeth. Although modern-day birds are descended from a group of reptiles called Archosaurs, which did have teeth, the trigger to enable genes to produce them was switched off about 100 million years ago.
Seagulls can recognize people by their faces. Researchers found that seagulls are able to identify and remember individual people, especially those who feed them or otherwise interact with them.
Seagulls are found near the sea, whereas gulls can be found both near the sea and inland. Gulls are usually white with black wings, while seagulls are usually white or gray with black wings. Gulls are also generally smaller than gulls. The easiest way to identify a gull is by its size.
And while wild seagulls may have been consumed in the past, for the matter of survival, modern-day seagulls should not be consumed for a variety of reasons. The meat may contain some high nutrition levels and be low in cholesterol and fat, but the meat is not palatable.
Seagulls are attentive and caring parents. The male and female pair for life and they take turns incubating the eggs, and feeding and protecting the chicks. Gulls have a complex and highly developed repertoire for communication which includes a range of vocalisations and body movements.
The king of the Atlantic waterfront, the Great Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in the world, with a powerful build and a domineering attitude. They harry other birds to steal their food and even hunt adult birds such as grebes and puffins.