Sabine's Gull (species: Xema sabini) in Monterey Bay, California (Gaia Guide)
Xema sabini
Sabine's Gull

©Ómar Runólfsson: Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini)

©Blake Matheson: Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini)

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Laridae
Genus Xema
Species Xema sabini
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

This species is easy to identify through its striking wing pattern. The adult has a pale grey back and wing coverts, black primary flight feathers and white secondaries. The white tail is forked. The male's hood darkens during breeding season. Their bills are black with a yellow tip. Young birds have a similar tricoloured wing pattern, but the grey is replaced by brown, and the tail has a black terminal band. The juveniles take two years to attain full adult plumage. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 33 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 87 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.