Ross’s Gull (<i>Rhodostethia rosea</i>) Breeding in Penny Strait, Nunavut, Canada

Keywords: Ross’s gull, Rhodostethia rosea, Arctic, Canada


We found a small, previously undiscovered breeding colony of Ross’s gulls (Rhodostethia rosea) in Nunavut, Canada, approximately 80 km from a previous colony location occupied during the 1970s. The birds nested in association with arctic terns (Sterna paradisaea). The collective observations from this region of the High Arctic suggest that Ross’s gulls may move colonies each year, or that colony occupation is intermittent.