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Lesser Black-backed Gull

(Larus fuscus)
German name(s): "Heringsmöwe"
Size: 48-56 cm; wing span: 1.15-1.35 m
Weight: 0.45-1.1 kg

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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 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "fuscus"

This race is also called the "Baltic Gull".

ADULT

BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage; note the very dark-grey mantle characteristic of this race; the absence of streaking on head and neck is typical for breeding plumage - click on image to also see an European Herring Gull (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Lökken, Jütland, Denmark, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Lökken, Jütland, Denmark, September 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Lökken, Jütland, Denmark, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Lökken, Jütland, Denmark, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage - click on image to also see an European Herring Gull
(photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Lökken, Jütland, Denmark, September 2019]

Race "graellsii"

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, August 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage, left; for comparison, a second calendar-year(?) Ring-billed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage; second calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull at front left (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, August 2017]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage snoozing on a rooftop (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, March 2019]

Flock of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, with adults in breeding plumage and various juvenile/immature stages
(photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, May 2019]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage in flight, with a view of its upperparts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Peniche, Peniche, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage in flight, with a view of its upperparts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in breeding plumage in flight, with a view of its underparts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

NON-BREEDING

Frontal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in non-breeding plumage, together with a Black-tailed Godwit
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montijo, Tejo estuary, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in non-breeding plumage with a tracking device - unfortunately, having slipped over the hind toe, the device appears to be bothering the bird (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in non-breeding plumage; note its size compared to the much larger first calendar-year Great Black-backed Gull in the foreground (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Torre Beach, Carcavelos, near Lisbon, Portugal, November 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in non-breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo da Roca, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a fourth calendar-year immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, November 2017]

Frontal view of a third calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull with a juvenile taking a bath (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Peniche, Peniche, Portugal, February 2019]

Near-lateral view of a third winter Lesser Black-backed Gull spreading its wings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Docapesca beach, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of a third winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Docapesca beach, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Lateral view of a third winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Docapesca beach, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a third winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[El Retiro, Madrid, Spain, December 2019]

Dorsal view of a third winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Docapesca beach, Lisbon, Portugal, January 2019]

Near-frontal view of a second calendar-year immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Lateral view of a second calendar-year immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Lateral view of a second calendar-year immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Lateral view of a second calendar-year immature Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, August 2017]

Lateral view of second calendar-year immature Lesser Black-backed Gulls behind a second calendar-year(?) Ring-billed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, July 2017]

Lateral view of a second winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in flight, with a view of its upperparts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Lateral view of a second winter Lesser Black-backed Gull in flight, with a view of its underparts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Frontal view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, November 2017]

Frontal view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, September 2017]

Near-lateral view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, November 2017]

Lateral view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Costa da Caparica, Portugal, September 2017]

Lateral view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, October 2019]

Frontal view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull, back, here in comparison with a first calendar-year Mediterranean Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, August 2017]

Lateral view of a first calendar-year Lesser Black-backed Gull, back, here in comparison with a first calendar-year Mediterranean Gull (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, August 2017]

Food, Diet

Near-frontal view of a Lesser Black-backed Gull with its prey, a crab (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Cabo Raso, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

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