Little Gull

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2014
Scientific Name
Hydrocoloeus minutus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Hydrocoloeus
  • H. minutus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 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
9.8 to 11.8 inches
24 to 31 inches
2.4 to 5.7 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Малая чайк
Chinese (汉语) 小鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek malý
Danish (Dansk) Dværgmåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Dwergmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) pikkulokki
French (Français) Mouette pygmée
German (Deutsch) Zwergmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbianello
Japanese (日本語) ヒメカモメ [himekamome]
Norwegian (Norsk) Dvergmåke
Polish (Polski) mewa mała
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Enana
Swedish (Svenska) Dvärgmås
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