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Conservation status: Amber

A very large, thick-set black-backed gull, with a powerful beak. Adults are blacker than the smaller lesser black-backed gull. It has a heavy flight and can look quite hunched when perched. It will fight off other gulls and chase them to snatch food.

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Overview

Latin name

Larus marinus

Family

Gulls (Laridae)

Where to see them

Found around the coasts in the breeding season. At other times of year it can be found wherever gulls congregate - at reservoir roosts, rubbish tips inland, and bays and harbours.

When to see them

All year round - found inland most in winter.

What they eat

Omnivorous - shellfish, birds and carrion.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-17,000 pairs77,000 birds-

Distribution

Key

Audio

Stuart Fisher, Xeno-canto