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Black-headed gull

Larus ridibundus

The black gull can be found in areas with calm small waters and it nestles near swamps, ponds or lakes. 

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Details

During winter, the black-headed gull can be found in a variety of habitats, including near farms or parks. In Romania, the black-headed gull is the most common and the most spreded species of gulls.

Features

  • Different plumage, depending on the season. In summer, the adult has dark brown head, the underside is white, the wings are light gray with black feathers and white tips. The rest of the body is silver on the back and white on the belly. In winter, its head becomes white with a dark spot behind the eyes.

  • The beak and the legs are reddish during summer. In winter, the legs are pink and the beak has a dark spot at the top.

  • It nests in colonies and more often this species can be seen in flocks.

  • Lenght: about 35 – 39 cm.

  • Wingspan: 86 – 99 cm.

  • Weight: 20 – 350 grams.

  • Diet: the black-headed gull is an opportunistic species when it comes to food, which is extremely varied, from insects to worms, fish, carrions and domestic waste. 

Behavior

The high degree of adaptability of this species makes it present in any season, even in urban areas. Because they nest in large colonies, the degree of noise pollution is high and so the amount of droppings left behind.

Did you know...

  • Its name was given by the sharp sounds that it makes, giving the impression that it laughs?

  • In the wild, the average lifespan of a black-headed gull is of 11 years?

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