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Grey-headed Gull


The Grey-headed Gull has a complete white body with a grey head. The Grey-headed Gull has an iconic red-purple beak and legs. The wings and the back of the bird are also grey in colour with a few white feathers mixed in between.


Grey-headed Gulls feed on crustaceans, insects and fish and can be seen wading on coastal areas as well as marshy ground digging up food in the mud. Grey-headed Gulls feed in large flocks and often form a white mass with the amount of birds in the area.


Grey-headed Gull [Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus]


These birds breed in very large colonies of thousands in marshland and reedbeds. Females lay up to 3 eggs in a nest that can be on land or floating in the water. The young take 2 years to fully mature.


Grey-headed Gulls are not migratory birds but are much more widespread during the winter months. They have been encountered as a vagrant species in areas like Spain, Italy and North America. This is a naturally loud species of bird with a sound resembling the caw,caw of a Crow, but less raspy.

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