The difference between male and female seagulls is not very noticeable to the human eye. The only main difference is that male seagulls tend to have brighter plumage than their female counterparts. However, humans are often unable to pick up on this difference because it is so subtle.Continue Reading
Although the difference between male and female seagulls is not very noticeable to humans, seagulls can tell the difference right way. Seagulls see more colors than a human can because the human eye has three cones that detect red, green and blue. By contrast, the seagull eye has four cones. The fourth cone allows seagulls to see infrared color, which humans cannot see. Because of this difference, the male seagulls appear much brighter, and the female seagulls seem to be dull.
The birds that tend to have the most variation in color are species wherein only the female takes care of the young. In those cases, the brighter plumage helps attract predators to the male birds, which helps to keep the predators away from the female and her young. However, seagulls are very attentive parents. Male and female seagulls pair for life, and they both take turns incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks after they are hatched.Learn more about Birds
Several predators eat seagulls, including foxes, weasels, sharks and predatory birds. These predators hunt the gulls in different ways, depending on the predator’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, hawks and falcons capture seagulls in flight, while foxes and weasels hunt gulls when they are on the ground. Seagulls have defensive strategies that they use to thwart these predators, including flight and living in large groups.Full Answer >
North American seagulls do migrate, but the distances of migration vary among species. For example, Franklin's Gulls migrate from Canada to Mexico while Herring Gulls fly from Canada to the northern United States or to coastal regions.Full Answer >
There are dozens of types of gulls with habitats that span much of the globe. Gulls are only informally referred to as seagulls since many gull species actually live and nest inland, but, regardless of their habitats, all species of gulls are closely related.Full Answer >
Seagulls, also known as herring gulls, make sounds that sound like mew, keow or ha-ha-ha-ha, in order to ward of predators or attract the attention of other nearby seagulls. Both females and males make a huoh-huoh-huoh sound for nest selection, territorial disputes and courtship.Full Answer >