Male Black-Headed Gull

Black-Headed Gull

Scientific name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Did you know: their scientific name, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, means “laughing head” in Latin. This name refers to the bird’s distinctive call, which sounds like a series of high-pitched “kree-ar” calls.

The Black-Headed Gull is a medium-sized gull that is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It is a common and widespread species, and it can be found in a variety of habitats including wetlands, marshes, lakes, and coastlines.

What The Black-Headed Gull Looks Like

The Black-Headed Gull is a medium-sized gull that’s often seen around the UK. It has a distinctive appearance, with a black head, white underparts, and dark, slate-grey wings.

During the breeding season, the black head becomes more pronounced and the white underparts take on a pinkish hue due to the bird’s diet of crustaceans.

It has a long, thin bill that is yellow in color, and a pair of bright red legs and feet. They are a highly social bird, and can often be seen in large flocks, especially during the breeding season.

Black-Headed Gull Images

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Facts About The Black-Headed Gull

Diet: They eat worms, insects, crustaceans, fish and carrion.
Bird Family: Gulls and terns
Length: 33 - 37cm
Wingspan: 100 - 110cm
Weight: 200 - 400g
Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus

The Black-Headed Gull Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December