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The Glaucous Gull

Hvítmáfur – Glaucous Gull – Larus hyperboreus

The Glaucous Gull  (Larus hyperboreus) is a non-migrating bird in Iceland. It breeds in Northwest Iceland but roams around the country in the winter time. It is believed that Glaucous Gulls from Greenland and Spitsbergen over winter here.

Glaucous Gulls in Bakkatjörn, Reykjavík
Glaucous Gulls in Bakkatjörn, Reykjavík

The Glaucous gull breeds in mountains and sea cliffs and gets its food in the sea, mostly small fish. The breeding population in Iceland is estimated around 10,000-15,000 pairs.