Looking up at herring gulls in flight

Herring gull

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

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Herring gull taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Herring gull can be found in a number of locations including: Arctic, Asia, China, Europe, North America, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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