Belongs to: gulls

Compare with: black-headed gull

Mediterranean gull Larus melanocephalus

BoCC Amber list

Best time to see: Jan to Dec

Key facts

Very pale gull with red legs and heavily built bill

Habitat: freshwater marshes, sea, estuaries and shores

Resident in UK although in small numbers; most common in S. E. Europe


Pale grey and white plumage, black head, large droopy red bill, red legs; no black in wings; 37 cm

Often seen amongst flocks of other gulls

Eats fish and invertebrates

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