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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea

Completely white, apart from its yellow-tipped bill, black eyes, and black feet, the ivory gull is the world’s most northerly breeding bird. With its buoyant flight and pigeonlike walk, the ivory gull ranges across open water and sea ice, and it can be found almost anywhere over the Arctic Ocean. It feeds largely by scavenging and is quickly attracted to the carcasses of dead seals and whales. The ivory gull is currently undergoing a steep decline. The reasons for this are unclear.

Ivory Gullzoom image
  • Order Charadriiformes
  • Length 16–18 in (40–46 cm)
  • Weight 1–1 lb (450–600 g)
  • Habitat Coasts, open sea, sea ice
  • Distribution Arctic Ocean, north Atlantic, wintering in south of range
Ivory Gull Habitat Mapzoom image