Larus ridibundus (Common black-headed gull, Black-headed gull) 

Swartkopmeeu [Afrikaans]; Kokmeeuw [Dutch]; Mouette rieuse [French]; Lachmöwe [German]; Guincho [Portuguese]

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Larus ridibundus (Common black-headed gull, Black-headed gull) 

Common black-headed gull, USA. [photo Jeff Poklen ©]

Larus ridibundus (Common black-headed gull, Black-headed gull)  Larus ridibundus (Common black-headed gull, Black-headed gull) 

Common black-headed gull in breeding plumage, Paarl Bird Sanctuary, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Common black-headed gull in breeding plumage, Paarl Bird Sanctuary, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Mainly breeds between 30-65° North, from southern Greenland east to China and Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, heading south in the non-breeding season to the coast of the South China Sea and Africa, from West Africa to Eritrea south to Uganda and Kenya. It is a rare vagrant to the wetlands of southern Africa, with a total of seven records, with single sightings at the central Namibian coast, Caprivi Strip (Namibia), north-central Zimbabwe, central Mozambique and the Cape Peninsula; it has been sighted twice in Gauteng.

References

  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 

 

 

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