Pallas's Gull

About the Pallas's Gull

Also known as: Great Black-headed Gull
The Pallas's Gull is a very large species of gull native to parts of the Old World. They are migratory, spending the winter around the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Peninsula, and India. They breed in southern Russia and Mongolia.

Pallas's Gulls are among the largest gulls in the world. They are the largest black-headed gull and are known as the Great Black-headed Gull in some parts of the world. Only the Great Black-backed Gull and the Glaucous Gull are larger.

Pallas's Gulls feed on fish, including dead fish. They also prey upon insects, crustaceans, reptiles, other birds, and small mammals. This species is named after the Prussian naturalist Peter Simon Pallas.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 February 2018
Scientific Name
Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Ichthyaetus
  • I. ichthyaetus
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 to 28 inches
56 to 67 inches
34 to 74 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Mandriao-de-cauda-comprida
Chinese (汉语) 渔鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek velký
Danish (Dansk) Stor Sorthovedet Måge
Dutch (Nederlands) Reuzenzwartkopmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) mustapäälokki
French (Français) Goéland ichthyaète
German (Deutsch) Fischmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano di Pallas
Japanese (日本語) オオズグロカモメ [oozugurokamome]
Korean (한국어) 큰검은머리갈매기
Norwegian (Norsk) Steppemåke
Polish (Polski) orlica
Portuguese (Português) Alcatraz-de-cabeça-preta
Russian (русский язык) Черноголовый хохотун
Spanish (Español) Gavión Cabecinegro
Swedish (Svenska) svarthuvad trut
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