Great Black-backed Gull in flight along the cliff edges of the Pembrokeshire coastline. Great Black-backed gulls are definately seagulls during the breeding season when they can be found along the coasts and islands of Europe, North America and the North Atlantic. During the remainder of the year, they can be found on rocky coasts and estuaries as well as inland habitats such as lakes, ponds and wetlands. They are the largest of the gull family with a wingspan of 1.7 metres, and are easily recognised by their deep slate grey wings as they swoop along the coastline.
Facts about Great Black-backed Gulls
Other Name(s): Greater Black-backed Gull, Black-back
Scientific Name: Larus marinus
Size: 64 - 79 cm
Weight: .75 - 2.3 kg
Wingspan: 1.5 - 1.7 cm
Lifespan: 27 years
Diet: Shellfish, birds, carrion, often scavenging
Habitat: Rock coasts, estuaries, lakes, ponds, rivers, moorland
Distribution: Europe, North America, North Atlantic Islands
Conservation: Least Concern
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