Black-headed Gull (species: Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Black-headed Gull

©Lubomír Hubička: Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

©Chris Moody: Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

©Dani Kauf: Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) winter plumage
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Laridae
Genus Chroicocephalus
Species Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

In flight, the white leading edge to the wing is a good field mark. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, although does look black from a distance), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just 2 dark spots.

First-year birds have a black terminal tail band, more dark areas in the wings, and, in summer, a less fully developed dark hood. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 44 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 105 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Local abundance

  • Australia: vagrant

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