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Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Parrot
Black-crowned Night Heron

About the Black-headed Gull

The Black-headed Gull is a small species of Old World gull that is found across large parts of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. This is a migratory species that is also found in small numbers in northeastern North America.

Black-headed Gulls eat a diet heavy on insects and other invertebrates. They feed on worms, small aquatic insects, and small fish. They feed mostly while swimming or walking.

Black-headed Gulls are fairly long-lived (as are most gull species), regularly surviving into their 30s.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2014
Scientific Name Chroicocephalus ridibundus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Chroicocephalus
  • C. ridibundus
Birdorable Family Terns & Gulls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 14 November 2014)
Units: Imperial Metric
13.4 to 14.6 inches
39.4 to 43.3 inches
6.7 to 14.1 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe Central Asia East Asia North Africa West Africa North America Europe

International Names

  • 红嘴鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek chechtavý (Czech)
  • Hættemåge (Danish)
  • Kokmeeuw (Dutch)
  • naurulokki (Finnish)
  • Mouette rieuse (French)
  • Lachmöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano comune (Italian)
  • ユリカモメ [yurikamome] (Japanese)
  • 붉은부리갈매기 (Korean)
  • Hettemåke (Norwegian)
  • śmieszka (Polish)
  • Обыкновенная чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota Reidora (Spanish)
  • Skrattmås (Swedish)