Gray-hooded Gull

About the Gray-hooded Gull

Also known as: Grey-headed Gull
The Gray-hooded Gull is a small species of gull found in parts of South America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Gray-hooded Gulls, also known as Grey-headed Gulls, mostly use rocky islands and earthen dykes for nesting habitat. Throughout the year they are found in both inland fresh water as well as coastal salt water.

Like other gull species, Gray-hooded Gulls tend to be opportunistic feeders, surviving on prey items like fish and insects, as well as scavenged eggs and discarded food scraps. Gray-hooded Gulls may also chase other birds in order to steal food items -- this is known as kleptoparasitism.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 December 2015
Scientific Name
Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Chroicocephalus
  • C. cirrocephalus
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
14.9 to 16.5 inches
39.4 to 41.3 inches
9 to 16.2 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gaivota-de-cabeça-cinza
Chinese (汉语) 灰头鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek šedohlavý
Danish (Dansk) Gråhovedet Måge
Dutch (Nederlands) Grijskopmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) harmaapäälokki
French (Français) Mouette à tête grise
German (Deutsch) Graukopfmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano testagrigia
Japanese (日本語) ズアオカモメ [zuaokamome]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gråhodemåke
Polish (Polski) mewa szaroglowa
Portuguese (Português) Gaivota-de-cabeça-cinza
Russian (русский язык) Сероголовая чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Cabecigrís
Swedish (Svenska) Gråhuvad mås
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