Family: (Laridae) Gulls and Terns
Preferred Habitat: Freshwater lakes and marshes; coastal salt marshes
Seasonal Occurrence: Common fall through spring; uncommon in summer
Notes: Ring-billed Gulls are the most common inland gull. In fact, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, some never frequent coastal waters. In Houston Ring-billed Gulls are often found hanging around parking lots. Ring-billed Gulls take 3 years to acquire adult plumage. Females are slightly larger than males.
- Susan Billetdeaux