Little Gull

Description: On the whole, the bird is similar to the Black-headed Gull, but is about one third smaller, and in adult plumage its head is completely black. Besides, starting at the age of 2 years, the birds have their under coverts in the wings smoky grey with white lining, resulting in almost pure black appearance of the wings in flight from below – this is a distinguishing feature to tell little gulls apart from other species. The wings are pretty broad, and rounded. The length is 25-27 cm.

Habitat: This is a species distributed unevenly and small in number. It nests almost exclusively in colonies, next to black-headed or other gulls and terns, in shallow swamps, in quiet riverine backwaters, overgrown lakes with moors, quagmires, and sedge.

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