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Pagophila eburnea (Phipps, 1774)
Ivory Gull
Family: Laridae
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© Len Jellicoe  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #3139)

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Distribution of Pagophila eburnea in British Columbia
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This is another beautiful gull of the high arctic that very rarely wanders south into southern Canada and the northern United States. The single record from Victoria is often considered inconclusive since the description provided does not include enough information to separate the individual from an albino individual of another gull species.

1.(1) immature (1st-winter) male; September 1889; Dease Lake
2.(1) adult female; October 1897; Penticton
3.(1) adult; February 19, 1925; Victoria
4.(1) adult; January 12, 1982; south of Aiyansh, Nass Valley
5.(1) immature (1st-winter); November 15-22, 1987; Atlin Lake
6.(1) immature (1st-winter); October 30-November 2, 1988; Atnarko River, near Stuie
7.(1) immature (2nd-winter); December 4, 2001; Delta
(1) immature (2nd-winter); December 15-23, 2001; Roberts Bank, Delta, (same individual)
8.(1) adult; November 10-13, 2007; Matsqui Flats, Abbotsford

Note Authors: Rick Toochin and Jamie Fenneman

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalSC (Nov 2001)
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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: 2022-05-25 11:34:01 AM]
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