California Gull

Utah State Bird


California gulls on Antelope Island, Utah

California gulls on a rooftop on Antelope Island, Utah in 2003; photo by Shengzhi Li from Wikpedia (use permitted with attribution / share alike).

California Gull

Utah designated the California gull (Larus californicus) as official state bird in 1955. The Sea Gull Monument in Salt Lake City honors the gull, who saved the people of Utah by consuming the Rocky Mountain crickets which were destroying the crops in 1848. These gentle birds are considered very beneficial by agriculturalists.

California gulls are gymnasts of the sky - performing amazing aeronautic manuevers and sometimes appearing motionless in midair by positioning themselves to catch wind currents with graceful precision.



California gull photo © Dr. Brad Bergstrom: Newest bird photos


California Gull (Larus Californicus)