herring gull


herring gull

noun

Definition of HERRING GULL

:  a common large gull (Larus argentatus) of the northern hemisphere that as an adult is largely white with a gray mantle, dark wing tips, pink feet, and yellow bill

First Known Use of HERRING GULL

1857

herring gull

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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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