Ring-billed gulls, often referred to as seagulls, are sociable gulls often fly overhead by the hundreds or feed together at a golf course, beach, or field. Strong, nimble flyers and opportunistic feeders, Ring-billed Gulls circle and hover acrobatically looking for food.
They are resourceful, inquisitive and intelligent birds that demonstrate complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure. These bold feeders take bread from children, soar to catch insects, scavenge at dumps and pluck berries from trees.
The adults are clean gray above, with a white head, body and tail; their black wingtips are spotted with white. They have yellow legs and a yellow bill with a black band around it. Nonbreeding adults have brown-streaked heads. During their first two years, Ring-billed Gulls are a motley brown and gray with a pink bill and legs.
Ring-billed gulls have been recorded living as long as 23 years in the wild. However, it is likely that the majority of these birds...