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themherme's avatar

How long can sea gulls fly?

Asked by themherme (194points) June 1st, 2008
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koesac's avatar

How fat are they?

jstringham21's avatar

Arctic TernsMuch of what has been said in the previous section applies to many seabirds. Some, such as the Black Guillemot and some gulls, are quite sedentary; others, such as most of the terns and auks breeding in the temperate northern hemisphere, move south varying distances in winter. The Arctic Tern has the longest-distance migration of any bird, and sees more daylight than any other, moving from its arctic breeding grounds to the antarctic wintering areas. One Arctic Tern, ringed (banded) as a chick on the Farne Islands off the British east coast, reached Melbourne, Australia in just three months from fledging, a sea journey of over 22,000 km (14,000 miles). Seabirds, of course, have the advantage that they can feed on migration.

The most pelagic species, mainly in the ‘tubenose’ order Procellariiformes, are great wanderers, and the albatrosses of the southern oceans may circle the globe as they ride the “roaring forties” outside the breeding season. The tubenoses in general spread thinly over large areas of open ocean, but congregate when food becomes available. Many of them are also among the longest-distance migrants; Sooty Shearwaters nesting on the Falkland Islands migrate 14,000 km (9,000 miles) between the breeding colony and the North Atlantic Ocean off Norway, and some Manx Shearwaters do the same journey in reverse. As they are long-lived birds, they may cover enormous distances during their lives; one record-breaking Manx Shearwater is calculated to have flown 8 million km (5 million miles) during its over-50 year lifespan.

wizard's avatar

As far as any other bird its size can. Seagulls
Seagulls don’t really fly over water, they glide over thermals. A thermal is hot air that rises over water, when a seagull hits a thermal updraft it spreads its wings and rides it up. When a seagull hits the top of the thermal it then dives down in a diagnal line.

AstroChuck's avatar

What do you mean, African or European?

BronxLens's avatar

If you are Jonathan Livingston Seagull, whooo, forever!

syz's avatar

I’m puzzled by your tag – longevity is something completely different.

There is a huge variation in typical flying times for various sea birds. The albatross, for example, sleeps on the wing and only comes to land for the breeding season. They seem to be the record holders.

osullivanbr's avatar

Seagulls have always been able to fly.
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