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Little Gull

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Little Egret

  • Egretta garzetta
  • Egrets & Other Waders

About the Little Gull

The Little Gull, unsurprisingly, the smallest species of gull in the world. Little Gulls are found across parts of Europe and Asia. They are migratory and most birds spend the winter months in Europe and northern parts of Africa.

In breeding plumage, Little Gulls have black hoods with pale grey bodies. Little Gulls take three years to reach full maturity.

Little Gulls eat primarily invertebrates, including beetles and dragonflies. They also eat small fish. They forage while on foot or catch prey in the air.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2014
Scientific Name Hydrocoloeus minutus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Hydrocoloeus
  • H. minutus
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 25 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9.8 to 11.8 inches
24 to 31 inches
2.4 to 5.7 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia North Africa

International Names

  • Малая чайк (Brazilian)
  • 小鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek malý (Czech)
  • Dværgmåge (Danish)
  • Dwergmeeuw (Dutch)
  • pikkulokki (Finnish)
  • Mouette pygmée (French)
  • Zwergmöwe (German)
  • Gabbianello (Italian)
  • ヒメカモメ [himekamome] (Japanese)
  • Dvergmåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa mała (Polish)
  • Gaviota Enana (Spanish)
  • Dvärgmås (Swedish)