French: Goéland railleur German: Dünnschnabelmöwe Spanish: Gaviota picofina
Widely scattered, isolated localities from Senegal, Mauritania, S & E Iberia through Mediterranean, Black Sea, Asia Minor and Middle East to E Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and NW India; occasionally farther E, even as far as L Baikal region of S Russia#R. Winters S to Horn of Africa.
42–44 cm; 220–350 g; wingspan 102–110 cm. Two (three)-year gull. Distinctive shape, with long sloping forehead, long, slightly drooping bill, and long legs... read more
Calls are deeper, mellower and throatier than in Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus; in... read more
Breeds at scattered coastal locations around the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small fish and aquatic invertebrates, captured at alkaline, saline or freshwater lakes or lagoons inland or along coasts.... read more
Forms colonies of tens to thousands of pairs, often with terns. Returns to breeding colonies in late March; lays in late March to... read more
The populations in W Africa, Iberia, Persian Gulf and Pakistan are only partly migratory. Many... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population is estimated to range between 312,500 and 377,500 individuals of which 140,000–205,000 are in the Black... read more
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