Conservation status: Amber
A medium-size gull, smaller than most herring gulls. It has a rounded head and smallish beak, giving it a dove-like expression. It has very pale plumage and white wing tips, and, like the glaucous gull, it is sometimes referred to as a 'white-winged' gull. It is a winter visitor, with small numbers of birds, usually seen singly. It breeds in the Arctic and winters as far south as New York and Britain.
Iceland gull - first winter
Iceland gull - adult in non-breeding plumage
Where to see them
It may be seen almost anywhere around the coast, especially in the west. Shetland in the winter can be a good place. Birds will also occasionally be seen inland at large gull roosts on reservoirs and at rubbish tips.
When to see them
What they eat
Fish - alive or as carrion.
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