|Ring-billed Gull at Maumee Bay State Park in Toledo, Ohio (adult, non-breeding)|
|The pale yellow eye and the complete ring around the bill are great field marks to look for when identifying Ring-billed Gulls.|
|From a distance, a Ring-billed Gull might look bland, but their pale yellow eyes rimmed in black are striking. During breeding season, the orbital ring is red.|
|The tips of the primaries on the wings are black...another field mark to look for.|
|It's easy to see the black-tipped primaries in flight.|
First and second-year Ring-billed Gulls do not look like adult Ring-bills. Click here for an article with photos by Cornell on how to identify young Ring-billed Gulls. How long can Ring-billed Gulls live? According to John Eastman in his book Birds of Field and Shore, if Ring-billed Gulls live beyond their second year, they have a good chance of making it 20 years or more (Eastman, pg 89)!