Bird of the Week: Ring-billed Gull

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The bird of the week is the Ring-billed Gull.

    Familiar acrobats of the air, Ring-billed Gulls nimbly pluck tossed tidbits from on high. Comfortable around humans, they frequent parking lots, garbage dumps, beaches, and fields, sometimes by the hundreds. These are the gulls you're most likely to see far away from coastal areas-in fact, most Ring-billed Gulls nest in the interior of the continent, near freshwater. A black band encircling the yellow bill helps distinguish adults from other gulls-but look closely, as some other species have black or red spots on the bill.

    This is among the most common of the gulls seen in Arkansas, and is listed as a Common Winter Resident for our state. It can be seen here from mid-August through mid-May. These are most often the "seagulls" that people see flying around the bridges over the Arkansas River here in Little Rock, and also flocking around and near the dump. I am always surprised by how shocked people seem when they notice these birds in Arkansas, but I guess most people think of "seagulls" as only being present near the coast...it's amazing what you'll notice if you just pay attention though. Gulls, especially Ring-billed Gulls, are everywhere!

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