E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Larus canus Linnaeus, 1758
Mew Gull
Family: Laridae
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© Ralph Hocken  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #8357)

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Two subspecies are present in BC:

1) L.c.brachyrhynchus
2) L.c.kamtschatschensis

Mew [Kamchatka] Gull Larus canus kamtschatschensis

The identification of individuals that have been identified as belonging to this large Siberian subspecies of Mew Gull is highly contentious due to the similarity of the two subspecies as well as an incomplete understanding of the identification of kamtschatschensis in North America. Nonetheless, several photographed birds show size, structural, and plumage characteristics that strongly suggest kamtschatschensis, and these individuals are included here. It is highly possible that this subspecies occurs more frequently (perhaps even annually) in British Columbia but has been overlooked due to its similarity to the North American subspecies of Mew Gull.

1.(1) immature (2nd-winter); March 29, 2003; Vernon
2.(1) immature (2nd-winter); October 14 & 28, 2007; Jordan River
(1) immature (2nd-winter); January 1, 2008; Gordon’s Beach, northwest of Sooke (pres. same individual)

Note Authors: Rick Toochin and Jamie Fenneman

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeS4BYellowNot Listed
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-22 7:38:20 PM]
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