Ivory gull in flight

Ivory gull in flight

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Credit: PETER J. RAYMOND/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) is a medium-sized gull particularly noted for its striking pure white adult plumage. The species survives year-round in the High Arctic where it breeds in small, often inland, colonies scattered across barren regions of the eastern Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Svalbard (Norway). The ivory gull is globally rare and probably does not number more than 12,000 breeding pairs. It's numbers are in steep decline; PCB's and DDT toxins are thought to be a significant factor. It scavenges on the carcasses of polar bear kills.

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