Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

LBBG

Code 6

LARFUS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

ask community
Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Mitch Waite Group

PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lesser Black-backed Gull is native to numerous countries throughout the world. The range of this bird species is impressive, reaching up to 10 million square kilometers. The population of the Lesser Black-backed Gull is estimated at around 750,000 individual birds. The prior rating for the Lesser Black-backed Gull was Lower Risk. In 2004, this rating was downgraded to Least Concern as a result of the size of the bird's population and range. The Lesser Black-backed Gull is not facing any immediate threats or dangers at this current time.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Black-backed Gull: Medium-sized gull with dark gray back and wings. Head, neck and underparts are white. Rump and tail are white. Bill is yellow with red spot near tip. The wings have dark tips with white spots; legs and feet are yellow. Eyes are yellow with red orbital rings.

 

Range and Habitat

Lesser Black-backed Gull: Eurasian species. Breeds in northern Europe; uncommon but increasingly regular visitor to eastern North America; rarer inland and in the west. Preferred habitats include coastal cliffs, moorlands, and dunes. Spends winters on coasts, estuaries, inland lakes, reservoirs, and rubbish tips.

whatbird search for your browser

Lesser Black-backed Gull SONGS AND CALLS

Lesser Black-backed Gull S1

"Gagaga" and other calls from a colony.

Lesser Black-backed Gull EE1

Alarm calls of birds in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"yuk-yuk-yuk-yuckle-yuckle", "hiyak, hiyak, hiyak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lesser Black-backed Gull is divided into several different subspecies that differ in the darkness of the back.
  • At a breeding colony, immatures, nonbreeding adults, and failed and off-duty breeders form "clubs" near the colony, where they spend time loafing," resting, and preening.
  • Nearly all individuals that reach North America are of the graellsii subspecies that breeds in Iceland, Britain, and western Europe. It is the palest of the forms.
  • A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X