Common Gull

Larus canus

What do they look like?

This medium-sized gull is very similar to its relative the herring gull. However, it is not as big, has dark eyes as opposed to yellow and it does not have the red spot on the bill which the herring gull possesses. The common gull also has a yellow bill and greenish-yellow legs. The body is grey with a white belly and head. In the winter the head is peppered with grey.

When can I see them in Scotland?

Throughout the year in Scotland.

Where can I see them in Scotland?

Unlike the black-headed gull, the common gull is not abundant inland but is found throughout the coast and around Scottish lakes, marshland and farmland.

Conservation status

In the UK, bird species with breeding, passage or wintering populations are assessed by experts and assigned to Red, Amber or Green lists of conservation concern. Common gulls are currently an ‘Amber’ listed species.

110-130 cm
24-28 days
28-36 days
10 years
Average Lifespan

A common gull perches upon a rock encrusted with yellowish lichen
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