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Most common of the Atlantic gulls in the Northern Hemisphere. The herring gull (Larus argentatus) has a gray mantle, flesh-coloured legs and feet, and black-and-white-spotted wing tips. Herring gulls are primarily scavengers; their populations are generally increasing because of expanding food supplies, chiefly garbage and sewage in or near coastal waters.
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