Black-headed Gull

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2014
Scientific Name
Chroicocephalus ridibundus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Chroicocephalus
  • C. ridibundus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 15 November 2014)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
13.4 to 14.6 inches
39.4 to 43.3 inches
6.7 to 14.1 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 红嘴鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek chechtavý
Danish (Dansk) Hættemåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Kokmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) naurulokki
French (Français) Mouette rieuse
German (Deutsch) Lachmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano comune
Japanese (日本語) ユリカモメ [yurikamome]
Korean (한국어) 붉은부리갈매기
Norwegian (Norsk) Hettemåke
Polish (Polski) śmieszka
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенная чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Reidora
Swedish (Svenska) Skrattmås
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