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Iceland Gull is a winter guest in Iceland

Bjartmáfur – Iceland Gull – Larus glaucoides (adult in winter)

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) is common along the Icelandic coastline during the winter months. It is a breeding bird in Greenland and on the northernmost islands of Canada. It is however only a winter guest in Iceland and by the end of March it has usually left the island.

Iceland Gull (first year)
Iceland Gull (first year)

The Iceland Gull is very similar to the  Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreusstundu) which is a breeding bird in Iceland. The Iceland Gull is smaller, its head is shorter and more curved, the beak is delicate and the wings longer. It is also a more agile flyer than the Glaucous Gull.