Black-legged Kittiwake

About the Black-legged Kittiwake

Also known as: Kittiwake

The Black-legged Kittiwake is a sea bird that breeds on coasts around the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans, but it is most commonly found in North America and Europe. They make large and very loud colonies when breeding, and are able to utilize the very sheerest of vertical cliffs.

There are two races of Black-legged Kittiwake: one in the North Atlantic ocean and the other in the North Pacific ocean. The first has a very small or even no hind toe, and thus in some European countries the bird is known as the 'three-toed' gull. The Pacific race does have a normally developed hind toe.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 January 2009
Scientific Name
Rissa tridactyla
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Rissa
  • R. tridactyla
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • 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
16 inches
35 to 39 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Racek Tříprstý
Danish (Dansk) Ride
Dutch (Nederlands) Drieteenmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) Pikkukajava
French (Français) Mouette Tridactyle
German (Deutsch) Dreizehenmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano Tridattilo
Japanese (日本語) ミツユビカモメ (Mitsuyubikamome)
Korean (한국어) 세가락갈매기 (Segarakgalmaegi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Krykkje
Polish (Polski) Mewa Trójpalczasta
Russian (русский язык) Моевка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Tridáctila
Swedish (Svenska) Tretåig Mås
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