Herring gulls are champion opportunists, feeding on anything from discarded fish offal, to the chicks of other birds. They have a fondness for a good rubbish dump, particularly during winter when tourists laden with bags of chips are harder to find. This familiar gull can be distinguished from other gulls by its large size and grey upper parts. Despite its supreme versatility, herring gulls have suffered a 50% decline over the past 30 years, the cause of which is unclear.
Scientific name: Larus argentatus
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Herring gull distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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