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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
A large pale gull with white wing tips. Younger birds are creamy white or more biscuit coloured, depending on age. All have pale wingtips. It is bigger than a herring gull and bulkier, with a fiercer expression, larger beak and squarer head than the smaller but virually identically-plumaged plumaged Iceland gull.
At the coast, most often on beaches and in harbours and bays. Found inland where large gulls gather in numbers: at rubbish tips and in roosts at reservoirs.
A winter visitor, mostly seen between November and March.
Scavenges for carrion, shellfish and scraps.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.