Life span: 10-15 years
Size: 30-75 cm
Weight: 120 – 1750 g
Habitat: Coastlines, bays, major lakes and urban areas
Scientific name: Laridae
• Gulls have unhinging jaws which allow them to consume large prey.
• A small claw halfway up their lower leg enables them to sit and roost on high ledges without being blown off.
• Many seagulls have learned to conserve energy by hovering over bridges in order to absorb raising heat from paved roadways.
• Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill.