Black-Headed Gull
Chroicocephalus ridibundus



The name of this species is a little misleading since the head of this small gull is more brown than black.

Black-headed gulls are found inland and there are lots sighted on the wetlands.

You are most likely to hear these gulls before you see them, as they are noisy birds and are usually seen in flocks.

They eat worms, insects, fish and carrion.

Black-Headed Gull facts and statistics

Length: 34-37cm
Wingspan: 100-110cm
Weight: 200-400g

How to identify

Adults have a dark chocolate brown head during breeding, with a white triangle in the outer part of their wing, and black under tip of wing.

Their back is pale gray and underside is white. In Winter, they have a dark spot behind their eyes.

Conservation status



Urban and suburban Wetland

Black-Headed Gull sightings at Grimsargh Wetlands

Black-Headed Gull Gallery

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