Lesser black-backed gull call: Alan Dalton, Xeno-Canto
Lesser black-backed gull
A large number of lesser black-backed gull breed in the UK around the coast on clifftops, rooftops and islands, joined in the winter by Scandinavian cousins with slightly darker backs and wings.
They have a dark grey back and wings and yellow legs which makes them easier to tell apart from herring gulls. They look a little more elegant in flight compared to other larger gulls due to their longer wings.
Lesser black-backed gulls are omnivores and can scavenge for a wide range of food. They can commonly be found feeding over fields and rubbish tips, and have been known to eat puffins and terns.
Lesser black-backed gulls are amber listed in the UK
Did you know?
The entire world population of lesser black-backed gulls can be found in Europe.