Lesser black-backed gulls in flight

Lesser black-backed gull

Lesser black-backed gulls are easily mistaken for their 'greater' counterparts. They often share nesting colonies with herring gulls, competing with them for food and nest sites.

Scientific name: Larus fuscus

Rank: Species

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The Lesser black-backed gull can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, 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 Lesser black-backed 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