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Lesser black-backed gull

What am I?

I am a gull and am slightly smaller than a herring gull.

Where do I come from?

A large number of us breed in the UK around the coast on clifftops, rooftops and islands. We are joined in the winter by some of our Scandinavian cousins who have slightly darker backs and wings.

A bit about me

I have a dark grey back and wings and yellow legs which makes me easy to tell apart from herring gulls. I can look fairly elegant in flight compared to other larger gulls due to my longer wings. I am an omnivore and can scavenge for a wide range of food.  We can commonly be found feeding over fields and rubbish tips. We have been known to eat puffins and terns!

Conservation status

I’m amber listed in the UK

Fun fact

The entire world population of Lesser black-backed gulls can be found in Europe.