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Conservation status: Amber

A small, dainty gull. Adults in summer have black heads, while young birds have a black mark on each wing which forms a 'W' pattern. In flight adults show a pale grey upperwing, with no black wingtips, and a very dark grey underwing.

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Overview

Latin name

Hydrocoloeus minutus

Family

Gulls (Laridae)

Where to see them

Seen around UK coasts from July to April. In late summer and autumn birds are largely seen between Tayside and Yorkshire, with smaller numbers further south. In spring birds can be seen around the Irish Sea with concentrations in places like the Alt estuary.

When to see them

Between July and April, with the largest numbers in spring and late summer/autumn.

What they eat

Insects

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
--400-800200-700 (spring);

Distribution

Key

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto