The Iceland gull (Larus glaucoides) is a medium size gull which breeds in the Arctic regions of Canada and Greenland, but not Iceland, where it is only seen in the winter. The genus name is from Latin Larus which appears to have referred to a gull or other large seabird. The specific glaucoides denotes its resemblance to Larus glaucus, a synonym of Larus hyperboreus, the glaucous gull; -oides is Ancient Greek and means "resembling".

It is migratory, wintering from in the North Atlantic as far south as the British Isles and northernmost states of the eastern United States, as well as in the interior of North America as far west as the western Great Lakes. It is much scarcer in Europe than the similar glaucous gull.

The American taxon Kumlien's gull is often considered a subspecies, L. g. kumlieni, of Iceland gull.

This species breeds colonially or singly on coasts and cliffs, making a nest lined with grass, moss, or seaweed on the ground or cliff. Normally 2–3 light brown eggs are laid.

The nominate subspecies, L. g. glaucoides, is very pale in all plumages, with absolutely no melanin in the tips of the primaries in adult plumage. Adults are pale grey above, with a yellowish-green bill. Immatures are very pale grey; the bill is more extensively dark than with glaucous gull, and lacks pink.

The Iceland gull is a medium size gull, although relatively slender and light-weight. In length, it can measure from 50 to 64 cm (20 to 25 in), wingspan is from 115 to 150 cm (45 to 59 in) and weight is from 480 to 1,100 g (1.06 to 2.43 lb). Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 37.9 to 44.3 cm (14.9 to 17.4 in), the bill is 3.6 to 5.4 cm (1.4 to 2.1 in) and the tarsus is 4.9 to 6.7 cm (1.9 to 2.6 in). It is smaller and thinner-billed than the very large glaucous gull, and is usually smaller than the herring gull. It takes four years to reach maturity.

The call is a "laughing" cry like herring gull, but higher pitched.

Like most Larus gulls, these are omnivores, eating fish, molluscs, offal, scraps, and eggs. They forage while flying, picking up food at or just below the water's surface, also feeds while walking or swimming. Their scavenging habits lead them to frequent garbage dumps, sewage outlets, and places where fish are cleaned.
Iceland Gull
Date Location Count
2021-08-24 08:47Pond Inlet--town1
2021-09-16 11:15Sisimiut140
2021-09-18 09:23Kelowna--Robert Lake1
2021-09-12 15:19Kelowna--Rotary Beach1
2021-09-11 15:16Yellowknife--Willow Flats2
2021-09-12 16:33Yellowknife--Niven Lake1
2021-09-12 17:31Browns Pt. Lighthouse Park1
2021-09-18 09:49Discovery Park
2021-09-15 09:36Point Defiance Park--Dune Peninsula & Wilson Way1
2021-09-08 16:10Rat Island1
2021-09-15 13:30John Wayne Marina4
2021-09-16 07:45Victoria--McMicking Point2
2021-09-19 16:13Victoria--Glencoe Cove Park1
2021-09-05 16:41Steveston--Jetty at Sand Heads1
2021-09-18 13:50Esquimalt Lagoon1
2021-09-13 12:20Race Rocks
2021-09-18 06:15Rocky Point Bird Observatory (restricted access)1
2021-09-11 07:25East Sooke Regional Park--Beechey Head2
2021-09-11 08:26East Sooke Regional Park2
2021-09-18 16:30Sooke--Whiffin Spit Park2
2021-09-18 17:35Sooke--Otter Point10
2021-09-19 11:41Nanaimo River Estuary12
2021-09-15 15:23Redrooffs Road, Welcome Beach1
2021-09-08 11:10Westport pelagic--Offshore waters1
2021-09-13 10:40Englishman River Estuary--Plummer Rd side1
2021-09-18 13:17Englishman River Estuary (general)4
2021-09-15 08:20Parksville Bay2
2021-09-06 14:35Columbia Beach1
2021-09-18 13:57Powell River--Sliammon Point2
2021-09-19 08:42Deep Bay1
2021-09-05 17:08Powell River--Vivian Island15
2021-09-11 08:30Royston--Amber Way2
2021-09-06 17:12Miracle Beach Provincial Park2
2021-09-14 15:51Oyster Bay30
2021-09-14 17:14Campbell River--Ocean Grove, Heard Road1
2021-09-18 08:37Cape Mudge Lighthouse6
2021-09-13 12:35Campbell River--Willow Point9
2021-09-14 18:30Campbell River--Willow Point Disc Golf5
2021-09-17 18:30Ucluelet--harbour1
2021-09-05 12:45Sayward--Salmon River estuary mudflats1
2021-09-17 09:00Bella Coola Ferry and Harbour5
2021-09-18 08:08Ketchikan (town)5
2021-08-29 10:36Ketchikan Airport Perimeter (Gravina Island)4
2021-09-08 09:00Petersburg (town)3
2021-09-19 07:00Teslin Lake--Teslin Lake Bird Observatory1
2021-09-19 15:28Breiðavík3
2021-09-03 17:51Arnarstapi--Gatklettur14
2021-08-30 08:53Patreksfjörður--Skápadalur1
2021-09-14 12:20Garður--Garðskagi lighthouse1
2021-09-19 13:59Síki í Garði (ponds only)2
2021-08-26 06:05Mendenhall Wetlands SGR--Airport Dike Trail1
2021-08-25 08:05Keflavík--höfnin (harbour)2
2021-09-18 12:21Eagle Beach SRA10
2021-09-12 17:30Sitka--Nat. His. Pk.-Totem Trail
2021-09-14 12:07Sitka--Indian River-East Tidal Flat
2021-09-19Sitka (town)
2021-09-10 07:00Sitka--Harbor
2021-09-01 10:41Sitka--Cove Marina Sitka1
2021-09-04 08:57Ísafjörður--hafnarsvæði (harbour area)5
2021-09-18 14:28Bakkatjörn (pond only)2
2021-09-16 08:37Hafnarfjörður--höfnin (main harbour)
2021-09-18 06:15Reykjavík--Örfirisey3
2021-09-02 18:05Reykjavíkurhöfn (harbour)1
2021-09-16 17:00Hoonah--Long Island Causeway30
2021-08-29 08:45Gustavus--Forelands-W of dock to Critical Habitat boundary2
2021-09-18 14:50Whitehorse--sewage ponds (restricted access)1
2021-09-10 08:53Whitehorse--Porter Creek--1402 Elm Street10
2021-09-11 14:00Whitehorse--landfill (restricted access)3
2021-08-22Glacier Bay NP--Glacier Bay2
2021-09-01 18:50Vestmannaeyjabær (town)
2021-09-17 16:33Blönduós--river57
2021-09-15 12:09Grímsey2
2021-09-17 12:30Húsavík--Haukamýri
2021-09-18 17:30Húsavík--hafnarsvæði (harbour area)2
2021-08-27Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel PNat--Área General1
2021-09-01 10:50Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel PNat--Puerto de Santoña1
2021-08-29 07:55Lista--lebeltet1