Rear-side view of Black-headed Gull.

Rear view of Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

For some reason we often have Black-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) tapping on the skylights so I thought I would use this opportunity to take a rear-side view.

Black-headed Gulls do not actually have black heads, it is more a dark chocolate brown which they only have in the summer around breeding time; the rest of the year they have white heads with two dark spots. The gulls are definitely not ‘seagulls’ as they are mainly land based and do not fly far from the shore. Food wise they will eat a large variety of things including invertebrates, carrion, seeds and rubbish scraps and they are known to live to over 30 years of age, with one unconfirmed story of an individual reaching 63 years! Expect to see them all over Europe and around north-eastern North America, there was even one sighting in Australia, although this was very unusual.

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