Greyheaded Gull

Greyheaded Gull


Name
Greyheaded Gull
Latin Name
Larus cirrocephalus
Family
Laridae
Length
42 cm
Habitat
Small or large flocks occur at large inland waters (where they breed) and at the coasts.
Bird Call
Can be linked to a hysterical cackling.
Breeding
This species breeds with Hartlaub's Gull. Breeding takes place from July to November. Eggs 2 - 3, ground colour blue-green to rich brown with variable dark brown blotches.
Immature Description
Immatures have white heads with dark smudges behind eyes on nape, differing from Hartlaub's Gull in having fleshy-brown legs, a longer flesh-coloured bill with a dark tip and black tail-tip.
Adult Description
Adults have all-grey hood, pale yellow eyes and bright red bills and legs. When non-breeding, the head is white.
Status
Common to abundant resident.
Distribution
A fresh water Gull found on large lakes and dams. Seen fairly regularly but nevertheless still considered an uncommon visitor to the south-western Cape from further north.



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