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.
What they eat:
Omnivorous - shellfish, birds and carrion.
- UK breeding:
- 17,000 pairs
- UK wintering:
- 76,000 birds
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.