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California Gull Skull Replica measures 4.9 inches. California Gull Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. Scientific name is Larus californicus. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
A common winter gull of the West Coast, the California Gull or Larus californicus breeds inland across large areas of the West. It can be found in parking lots and lakes from California to Manitoba.
The average California gull is around 54 cm long and weighs about 600 g. While there are no differences in male and female plumage, males are usually larger than females, with a larger bill, head, and tarsi.
When the California Gull or Larus californicus is newly born it has a thick, soft down of light colors that blend in with the surrounding environment.
By the California Gull or Larus californicus juvenile’s first winter, it has a brown mantle and wings, a brown head, and pink tinted legs. When the bird is around two years old the tail becomes white and the bill turns yellow.
When the gull reaches its third year, it almost is completely like the adult in appearance, but the adult bill pattern and wing pattern are not completely developed. By the fourth winter the bird has an adult’s white head, dark grey mantle, yellow green legs, reddish eye ring, and black wingtips.
In California, the California Gull or Larus californicus recently held the protected status California Species of Special Concern due to declining numbers at their historic California breeding colony at Mono Lake.
However, in recent decades the Larus californicus has begun to breed in the southern portion of San Francisco Bay, where it did not historically breed, and has undergone exponential population growth. These California gulls or Larus californicus now inhabit large, remote salt-production ponds and levees.
Larus californicus forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming, walking or wading. They mainly eat insects, fish and the eggs and young of other birds, such as ducklings.
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