Western gulls are only species of gulls that breed along the Monterey Bay. Western gulls have managed to adapt very well to living in urban environments.
Western gulls breed in large colonies, the largest containing 35,000 birds on the Farallon Islands off of San Francisco. By producing embryos and chicks that are specially adapted to withstanding temperatures of up to 114 degrees, Western gulls breed farther south than most other gulls.
Take a good look at the face of a western gull and you will see a small, bright red dot on its beak. Chicks are born instinctually knowing to peck at this spot when hungry, which stimulates the parent to regurgitate food for them. This instinct is so strong in chicks that they will peck at rocks or sticks with dots that look similar to the “pecking spot”.
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