Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Ring-billed Gull Great Lakes Habitat

Highly tolerant of humans and human-impacted habitat, Ring-billed Gulls can be found around landfills, farm fields, mall parking lots and golf courses in addition to coastal beaches, islands and breakwaters. The gulls nest in colonies on sparsely vegetated natural or human-made islands and shores of freshwater lakes. Small fish like alewives and smelt are common prey for the gulls, as are grasshoppers and other flying insects. However, these birds are opportunistic eaters, and will dine on earthworms, rodents, grain, carrion and all sorts of garbage.