Herring gull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: aves
Order: charadriiformes
Family: laridae
Genus: larus
Species: larus argentatus
Herring gulls, or Larus argentatus, are large gulls that feed on scraps and are often seen around fishing jetties. They also search rubbish dumps for food, as they have moved inland.


Herring gulls have white heads and underparts, are grey on the back and wings. A noticeable feature is their pink legs, young birds are mainly brown with some barring on their bills and wings.


Pairs are very aggressive at breeding time, even to their fledglings when they hatch. They are very noisy and a common sight at coastal towns, they also follow boats, and can become very tame.


Herring gulls mainly eat fish and carrion. But they are often seen swooping down out of the sky and eating leftovers on picnic tables.


Herring gulls nest in coastal areas, and occasionally more inland. Their nests are made of vegetation and the clutch is 2 to 3 pale blue or brown eggs.


Herring gulls are found near shores around nearly all of Europe. They are also found in the Atlantic and north of Iceland.

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