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Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Least Tern

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Least Tern

  • Sternula antillarum
  • Terns & Gulls

About the Lesser Black-backed Gull

Also known as: Black-backed Gull, Baltic Gull, Siberian Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gulls are large gulls, averaging only slightly smaller than Herring Gulls. They breed across far northern parts of Eurasia. They winter in Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. Some birds reach eastern North America each year for the winter.

The Lesser Black-backed Gull is omnivorous, eating a variety of foods including fish, seeds and berries, worms, refuse scraps, and even carrion.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 December 2011
Scientific Name Larus fuscus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Larus
  • L. fuscus
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 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 to 25 inches
53 to 61 inches
19 to 35 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe


The global population trend for the Lesser Black-backed Gull is increasing, and the conservation status is Least Concern as of November 2014.

International Names

  • 小黑背鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek žlutonohý (Czech)
  • Sildemåge (Danish)
  • Kleine Mantelmeeuw (Dutch)
  • selkälokki (Finnish)
  • Goéland brun (French)
  • Heringsmöwe (German)
  • Zafferano (Italian)
  • ニシセグロカモメ (nishisegurokamome) (Japanese)
  • Sildemåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa żółtonoga (Polish)
  • Клуша западная (Russian)
  • Gaviota Sombría (Spanish)
  • Silltrut (Swedish)

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