Seagulls in the Florida Keys

Seagull flying in the Florida Keys

Seagull hovering above the beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

Seagulls in the Florida Keys are very clever. In fact, they learn, remember and even pass on behaviours, such as stamping their feet in a group to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms to come to the surface.  Amazingly, they can drink both salt and fresh water.  Seagulls have a special pair of glands located right above their eyes that allow them to flush the salt from their systems.  Their are over a dozen different species of seagulls, all range in size and global location.  All seagulls seem to have a language for communication.  From high and low pitch squawks to differing body movements.

Seagulls pair for life.  They take care of their young together, with each taking their turn incubating the eggs.  As the chicks get older, the male and female both feed and protect their babies, and passing on certain learned skills.  Young seagulls form flocks.  They play and learn skills they will carry into adulthood.  Their will usually be several adult male seagulls keeping an eye out on the younger flock, which stays together until they are old enough to breed.

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