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Great Black-backed Gull        Larus marinus

The Great Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in the world.  In North America, this species spends its breeding season in Iceland, southern Greenland, and on the Atlantic coasts of Canada and the United States.  During the winter months, many of these birds fly south along the Atlantic coast as far as Florida.

In Florida, this gull is an uncommon fall through spring visitor.  They arrive in October and depart in April/May.  Although more of these gulls frequent the Atlantic coast, they do show up along the Gulf coast.