Black-headed Gull

Other Names: none

Distribution: central Eurasia in summer; coasts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and parts of Canada in winter. A nonmigratory population exists in western Europe.

Black-headed Gull distribution range map

Description:

Size: 35-39 cm in length with a 86-99 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Both sexes have a gray back and wings and flashing white primary flight feathers. In summer, the head is dark brown; in winter, the head becomes white. The bill and legs are red and the eyes are black with white eyerings. Juveniles are darker above, but show some white in the flight feathers and have a narrow black tip to the tail. In all plumages, the underside of the wings are blackish. 

Species image
Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alaska
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
hawaii
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
nebraska
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
tennessee
texas
vermont
virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Markings
cross
eye
streaks
Sounds
clear
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
brown
gray
white
rust
Body Shape
headcrested
gull
Size
large
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species