A flock of sooty shearwaters and black-legged kittiwakes feeding from the sea

Gulls and kittiwakes

The gull family (Laridae) includes the kittiwakes as well as familiar gulls such as the herring gull and the black-headed gull. Some types seem as at home in towns and cities as they are at the coast.

Scientific name: Laridae

Rank: Family

Common names:


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Map showing the distribution of the Gulls and kittiwakes taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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