- Rhodostethia rosea
29–32 cm (11½-12½ in)
- Pale grey upperparts
- White underparts
- Pink flush to the breast
- Black neck ring
- Pointed tail
- Red legs
- Short, black bill
Winter adult, the breast tints and neck collar are mostly lost (but remnants remain).
Juvenile has a noticeable "W" pattern across the wings in flight
Little Gull is slightly smaller with hood, pale wingtips (adult), longer bill, and shorter primary projection.
Breeds in swampy arctic tundra.
Sea coasts and coastal lagoons, often perches on ice floes and glacier edges.
Two to three eggs are laid in a nest on the ground.
Its diet includes any small prey and it feeds on mudflats.
A typical call is "e-wo,e-wo,e-wo", or "kliaw"'.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Ross's Gull. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 29 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Ross%27s_Gull
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