Pacific Gull  |  

Larus pacificus


Pacific Gulls often drop molluscs from a height to smash them open on rocks so they can feed on the soft animal inside. They are often found in singles or pairs. Adults are sedentary; young birds disperse. A subspecies is listed as near-threatened in Victoria.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Larus pacificus

    Systems Terrestrial; Marine Threats (see Appendix for additional information) Reductions in the levels of zooplankton as a result of climate change is decreasing prey availability in seas throughout this species’ range (Chambers et al. 2011).

    While not having serious negative effects on population trends at present; this threat will likely only be exacerbated in the future as the effects of climate change continue.

    Climate change severe weather 11.1.