|Official Name||Common Gull|
|Common Nicknames||Gull, Seabird|
|Habitat||Shallow waters across Aloria|
The Common Gull is an infamous seabird known as a crying terror of the coasts, though only in the most dumbed-down sense of such terms. While it serves occasional use to sailors and fishermen, these days it is known solely as a nuisance; an overpopulated one, at that. Considered the “rooster” of cities of port, these birds often wake sleeping residents early in the morning, and crowd coasts in high numbers. The overpopulation of this bird is a notable fact, to the point where there have been recent tales told by sailors of flocks thick enough to scatter sunlight and last a full five minutes before passing entirely.
The Common Gull has been a constant presence throughout all history since the Fourth Void Invasion, but it's highly likely that it was alive before that. It has been present at many hundreds of historical events in many places due to its ties to the sea. In recent history with the rise of the Regalian Imperial Fleet, the bird has been noted at many recent battles. Colossal flocks of Gulls were seen overhead during the Chrysant War. Even more recently, Bone Horrors created by the Bone Horror Crisis that took to the sea most commonly made up their bodies with this creature and also led to a major population dent in the species. Despite this, the Gull is still considered common, especially within the Regalian Archipelago where they have typically remained safe from harm and now spread out to repopulate the word with their vaguely annoying calls.
The Common Gull has a highly variable body size, anywhere between a foot to two feet long with a wingspan of two to four inches accordingly as it is twice their body length. Their heads are small and smooth, with two black eyes and a small, curved, yellow beak. This bird’s feather-coat varies black rectrices, otherwise tails of feather. It’s sides and back are consistently gray, and it’s stomach as well as head are white. The black tail is it’s most notable feature, used to differentiate from it’s many seabird kin. The Gull’s call is heard as a high-pitched squeal cry.
There is no notable difference between genders for the Common Gull. There have been observed variations of the type of gull, though most are just branded gulls, since the diversity is scarce and insignificant.
Life Span and Development
Once hatched from a brown egg with sporadic black spots, the Common Gull will take three years before it has reached full maturity. During childhood, the gull will look almost unrecognizable, with a brown torso and a gray or brown streaked head. Slowly, the brown feathers will turn gray, and the gray white. During this phase, the bird is often mistaken for other similar looking species.
Common Gulls are unpredictable creatures, as modern examinations have shown. Their habitual routine is scarcely altered, though the details of how they act and treat one another are curious. The Gulls will often fight one another for mates, using their beaks to tear or peck at their enemies. When taming was attempted, the gull seemed to forget it’s tasks and return to a Common Gull’s usual behavior, even when raised away from others of its kind. It is concluded that the gull cannot be tamed. One would surmise that the Common Gull is in general an unreliable creature as a result, which is accurate.
Territory and Groupings
While some Common Gulls might separate from their flock temporarily, every specimen of the Common Gull has a predetermined route based on region and will often shift between north and south depending on the season. The gulls do hunt around shallow waters, their high-pitched calls being heard by coasts, but they are not limited to shores. When rest, the flocks will often group in large amounts, rarely resulting in a giant flock that may partially block sunlight, though this is only a result of their recent overpopulation which has since been fixed by the Bone Horror Crisis.
- The large amount of Bone Horror Common Gulls was a horrifying sight to behold during the crisis; as they still called normally, but were rotting away as they threw themselves into groups of victims in hordes.
- Due to the Common Gull’s overpopulation, it was a very common sport among fishermen and sailors alike to hunt these birds, and fish them out of the water to tear out their beaks as trophies. This sport is now heavily discouraged.