Diet

The ivory gull is a true seabird and characteristic High Arctic species associated with sea ice throughout the year. As other gulls, the ivory gull is a generalist, feeding on a large variety of food items, although small fish, mainly polar cod, and crustaceans associated with the pack ice probably make up much of the diet. It may also feed on carcasses and remains from polar bear prey, marine mammal placenta and faeces, seeds, insects and human waste. This puts the ivory gull on the top of the Arctic food web.
 
Ivory gull feeding Ivory gull feeding among ice floes Image: Maria Gavrilo