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Common name Lesser black-backed gull
Scientific name Larus fuscus
Type Seabirds
Status Wintering

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

Where it lives

Wetlands near the littoral and coasts.

How it lives

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.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

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.

Curious facts

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.

Similar birds
Wintering Summer Resident Migration