Ivory Gull

Pagophila eburnea (Phipps, 1774) IV IVOGU 6040
Family: Charadriiformes > Laridae

Ivory Gull, Edmund Fellowes

Probably the most northerly breeding bird species and normally found around ice-floes, one or two individuals are recorded each winter, often near fishing harbours.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
485 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
485 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Ivory Gull winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Ivory Gull, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Gwylan Ifori
Catalan: gavina d'ivori
Czech: racek snežní
Danish: Ismåge
Dutch: Ivoormeeuw
Estonian: vandelkajakas
Finnish: jäälokki
French: Mouette blanche
German: Elfenbeinmöwe
Hungarian: hósirály
Icelandic: Ísmáfur
Irish: Faoileán Eabhartha
Italian: Gabbiano eburneo
Latvian: sniega kaija
Lithuanian: snieginis kiras
Norwegian: Ismåke
Polish: mewa modrodzioba
Portuguese: gaivota-marfim
Slovak: cajka biela
Slovenian: beli galeb
Spanish: Gaviota marfileña
Swedish: ismås

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