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Common Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus


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Black-headed Gull
credit: Hans Hillewaert/CCSA

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Family: Laridae, Gulls and Terns view all from this family

Description Adult has white leading edge to wing and dark trailing edge to outer upper wing. Has a dark brown hood in summer, but dark smudges on otherwise white head plumage in winter. Bill and legs are red, duller in winter than summer. First-winter has bands of rufous and black on upper wings, dark tip to tail, and dark-tipped pink bill.

Dimensions Length: 15" (38 cm)

Range Great Lakes, New England, Rocky Mountains, Eastern Canada, Southeast, Alaska, Mid-Atlantic

Discussion Mainly Eurasian species that is a rare visitor to northeast and an occasional breeder. Found mainly on coasts, sometimes with Bonaparte's Gulls.