Ring-billed Gull populations are greatly reduced during the summer months. They are found in both coastal and inland areas. They are often seen in parking lots with Laughing Gulls.
Forster's Terns are found in salt- and freshwater areas. They are most common during the winter.
Royal Terns inhabit beaches. They nest colonially, primarily along the Gulf Coast from Yankeetown to Charlotte Harbor.
Many other less common terns are permanent residents and warm season visitors. The Least and Roseate Terns are threatened species. In the late 1800's and early 1900's these species were decimated by plume hunters. Since then, disturbance to and destruction of their coastal breeding areas have posed serious threats.
|name||area||season||diet/native food plants|
|Laughing Gull||NCS||SpSuFW-B||aquatic invertebrates*, garbage, insects, fish|
|Ring-billed Gull||NCS||SpSuFW||fish, insects, rodents, garbage, seeds|
|Forster's Tern||NCS||SpSuFW||fish*, insects|
|Royal Tern||NCS||SpSuFW-B||fish*, aquatic invertebrates|
Sp=spring Su=summer F=fall W=winter
B=breeds in Florida during season(s) underlined M=Migrant