Conservation status: Amber
Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown - in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. It is most definitely not a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.
Black-headed gull - adult in summer plumage
Black-headed gull - breeding plumaged in flight
Black-headed gull - winter-plumaged in flight
Black-headed gull - adult in non-breeding plumage
Black-headed gull - juvenile
Black-headed gull - first winter
Where to see them
The commonest inland gull, particularly in N England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies along the south and east coasts of England.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Worms, insects, fish and carrion.
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