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Black-headed Gull

(Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Size: 34-37 cm; wing span: 1.0-1.1 m
Weight: 190-400 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-headed Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown


Distant near-lateral view of a Black-headed Gull, front, with two Great Crested Terns and a Silver Gull in the background (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Buffalo Creek, Darwin, NT, March 2023]


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blhgull_dw_20170316.m4a (Poland) Contact calls? (small flock) © DW
blhgull_dw_20170316_2.m4a (Poland) Contact calls? (small flock) © DW
blhgull_dw_20190519.m4a (Poland) Contact calls? (small flock) © DW
blhgull_dw_20170319.m4a (Poland) Contact calls? (small flock) © DW

More Black-headed Gull sound recordings are available at .

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