Lesser Black-backed Gull is normally a Eurasian gull, but has been seen with
increasing frequency in North America in recent decades. This may be due
to a large increase in numbers in Iceland. As numbers continue to
increase, it's quite possible that the Lesser Black-backed Gull may one day
begin breeding in North America.
Habitat: Primarily found along coastlines, but also
occasionally around inland lakes (especially the Great Lakes).
Diet: Omnivorous. Feeds on fish,
crustaceans, mollusks, insects, worms, eggs, small birds, small rodents,
amphibians, carrion, refuse, berries, and other plant material.
Behavior: Will forage by walking on land, wading
in shallow water, dipping down to the water's surface while in flight, or by
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Wide range of calls similar to other
Migration: Normally a European Gull, stragglers might be found in the U.S. at any month.
Similar Species: Within the borders of South Dakota,
most similar to the Great Black-backed Gull, Herring
Gull. See Identification Tips.
Outside of South Dakota, also very similar to the Yellow-legged Gull and the
Kelp Gull, rare
visitors to North America.
Conservation Status: Has increased in both range
and numbers in recent decades, and is increasingly more common in North
South Dakota "Hotspot": A rarity in the state, but
most sightings of the species have occurred near the Missouri River dams.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Lesser Black-backed Gull"
eNature.com: Lesser Black-backed Gull
Photo Information: April 6th, 2003 -- Pierre,
South Dakota --