The glaucous gull is the second largest gull in the world and found in the Arctic regions. Glaucous is from the Latin "glaucus" and denotes a bluish green or gray color, the color found on the glaucous gull's back. There are four subspecies. We saw Larus hyperboreus barrovianus which is found from Alaska to northwestern Canada.
|Glaucous gull on Gull Island.|
It is pale gray above with a white head and underparts, white wingtips, and a yellow bill with a red spot near the lower mandible.
|Glaucous gull on Gull Island|
They breed in colonies on rocky coasts and cliffs. We saw some on Gull Island in Kachemak Bay and also near Hubbard Glacier in Southeastern Alaska.
|Glaucous gull near Hubbard Glacier. It was photographed from an upper deck of the Island Princess while we sailed in the bay.|