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Summer White, with silver-grey mantle and wings. Black wing tips and noticeable white streak along fore-wing. Head is chocolate-brown, which does not reach nape or neck. White eye-ring.
 Similar Species
Little Gull is smaller with much thinner shorter bill, much more extensive hood, and very short primary projection.
Widespread and abundant over much of the region and often the most familiar gull in inland areas. Breeds in Iceland, the Faroes and British Isles, southern parts of Sweden and Finland and sparingly in Norway and across Europe from northern France to Russia and south to the Black and Caspian Seas. Breeds in small numbers in scattered areas of southern France, Italy, and Spain, Sardinia, Sicily and central Turkey.
Resident in north-west of range but migratory in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia. Winter range extensive in southern Europe and around the Mediterranean and south on Atlantic coasts of North-West Africa, the Middle East and southern Iraq.
Vagrant north to Svalbard, Bear Island, and Jan Mayen and south to Cape Verde Islands. Also vagrant to United States and Canada, mostly in the northeast but also in the midwest and along the pacific coast.
Subspecies sibiricus is generally considered invalid.
Some authorities consider this species to belong to genus Larus.
Breeds in colonies beside fresh, brackish or salt water in swamps, reeds and other vegetation, often on islands, shingle-bars and sandspits. Outside breeding season both coastal and inland. Found on sandy and muddy shores and estuaries, and inland on farmland, playing-fields, reservoirs and gravel pits.As a vagrant in the United States often found hanging out with Bonaparte's Gulls at loafing areas.
The diet includes worms, insects, fish and carrion.
Normally the nest is formed from a scrape in the ground but may be on a pile of dead plant material. The glossy eggs are a light greenish-blue with dark blotches. Both adults incubate the eggs and feed the young.
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