Great black-backed gull
What do they look like?
The great black-backed gull is a huge, slow-flying bird with pink legs and black tips on each wing. It’s the largest gull species in Scotland (and the world) and has a white head and underside with dark grey/black feathers across its back and wings.
When can I see them in Scotland?
Where can I see them in Scotland?
Great black-backed gulls can be spotted around the Scottish coast and are also increasingly common in urban habitats like fields, lochs, and reservoirs.
In the UK, bird species with breeding, passage or wintering populations are assessed by experts and assigned to the Red, Amber or Green lists of conservation concern. Greater black-backed gulls are currently an ‘Amber’ listed species.