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Great Black-backed Gull
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Order: Charadriiformes
Suborder: Lari
Family: Laridae
Subfamily: Larinae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. marinus
Binomial name
Larus marinus
Linnaeus, 1758
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Distribution across the Northern Hemisphere. Red indicates breeding grounds, blue indicates wintering areas, and purple indicates year-round presence.

Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus is a species of gull in the Larus genus. It is the largest gull in North America[2] as well as the world,[3] the Glaucous Gull being comparable in size.[4]

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This is the largest gull in the world, measuring 25–30 in (64–76 cm)[5] and a wingspan of 60–66 in (5.0–5.5 ft).[4] The adult bird is a white gull with a black mantle; snow-white head and tail; yellow bill with red spot near tip; pink legs and feet.[4]

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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Larus marinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Alsop III, Fred J. (2001). Smithsonian Handbooks Birds of North America. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0789480018. 
  3. ^ Frances, Peter; et al. (2007). Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582957. 
  4. ^ a b c Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  5. ^ Stokes, Donald W. and Stokes, Lilian Q. (2010). Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9770316010504 Check |isbn= value: invalid prefix (help). 

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