Large bird (approx 150 cm or 5 ft) with an also large wingspan (approx 150 cm or 5 ft). The largest gull present in the province. The upperparts and wings are dark grey, almost black. White belly and head. Yellow eye with red ring. Yellow bill with red spot at the end. Black wing tips. In winter adults may have grey spots on the head, breast and belly.
Wetlands and Marine environment
Wetlands near the littoral and coasts.
Wintering species in the province and also present in migratory passage. Occasionally specimens are observed during the summer period. In northern Spain the Lesser Black-Backed Gull breeds in urban areas and in common colonies with other species of gulls. One laying of 1 to 4 eggs. Omnivorous feeding. It forages in landfills and on the seashore. Kleptoparasite (forces other birds to release their prey to steal them). This bird catches eggs and chickens in colonies of other birds. Very similar behaviour to that of the Yellow-Legged Gull.
It is a less abundant and frequent gull than the Yellow-Legged Gull, but it can also be seen along the Malaga coast, as well as in landfills and wetlands near the littoral.
Gulls are birds that are generally expanding. They are very adaptable and opportunistic, which gives them an advantage in a very altered and humanized world. That is why in recent years there are more gulls, in more places and more and more away from the coasts.
- Costa del Sol Occidental
- El Chorro (Paraje Natural del Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes)
- Great Malaga Path (GR 249). Stage 20. Embalses del Guadalhorce - Estación de El Chorro (Álora)
- Great Malaga Path (GR 249). Stage 35. Alhaurín de la Torre - Málaga
- Lagunas de Campillos
- Mouth of the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve
- The Mouth of Rio Velez