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Lesser black-backed gull

Larus fuscus

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.

Conservation status

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.