PORT PHILLIP BAY


Pacific Gull 

Larus pacificus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Laridae
Genus:
Larus
Species:
pacificus

General Description

Body white, except for black wings and back. Tail white with a wide black stripe across the tip. Bill yellow with red tip. Legs yellow. Young birds dark brown with mottled pale brown on the upperparts and a dark brown bill. Body up to 66 cm long.

Biology

Pacific Gulls often drop molluscs from height to smash them open on rocks so they can feed on the soft animal inside.

Habitat

Coastal areas and offshore islands.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Gulls and terns

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

66 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Pacific Gull, Larus pacificus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7938

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