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Black-headed Gull

(Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
German name(s): "Lachmöwe"
Size: 34-37 cm; wing span: 1.0-1.1 m
Weight: 190-400 g

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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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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Lateral and dorsal views of Black-headed Gulls in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Two Black-headed Gulls in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage banking in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Distant lateral view of a Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Black-headed Gull against blinding sunlight (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[River Rhine, between Walluf and Eltville, Hessen, Germany, December 2015]

Near-lateral view of a Black-headed Gull; the facial pattern, together with the pink bill with black tip and the pink legs are characteristic for the species' eclipse plumage (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Odense, Denmark, September 2017]

Black-headed Gulls in non-breeding plumage on the river Rhine (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, January 2016]

Mob of Black-headed Gulls in non-breeding plumage on flotsam on a bank of the river Rhine (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, January 2013]

Colony of Black-headed Gulls in non-breeding plumage on their winter roost, together with other seabirds
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Direct comparison of Black-headed Gulls in non-breeding plumage with a male Mallard (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, January 2016]

Black-headed Gull in non-breeding plumage taking off (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Odense, Denmark, September 2017]

Mob of Black-headed Gulls in non-breeding plumage taking off (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, December 2012]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

One of two immature Black-headed Gulls in a mob overwintering on the river Rhine; note the dark centres of the wing feathers (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, January 2013]

Call(s)/Song

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 (Central Poland) Contact calls? (small flock) © DW
blhgull_dw_20170316_2.m4a (Central Poland) Contact calls? (small flock) © DW

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