Yellow-legged gull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: aves
Order: charadriiformes
Family: laridae
Genus: larus
Species: larus michahellis

The Yellow-legged gull, or Larus michahellis, is a bird that was first described in 1840 by Friedrich Naumann, a German scientist and editor. It was sometimes considered to be part of the same species as the Caspian gull and the combined species was then called Larus cachinnans. But, it is now generally accepted that the Yellow-legged gull is a full species.


Young seagull

a juvenile yellow-legged gull.

Yellow legged gull

an adult.

The Yellow-legged gull is a large white gull with medium gray upperparts, and a red spot on bright yellow bill. Its legs and feet are yellow, hence its name. The tail is white. This bird is about 24 inches long and weighs 44.8 ounces.


It is a European and Asian gull that very rarely wanders to Newfoundland or the north Atlantic Coast. It is tipycal of the Mediterranean.


This bird makes shallow dives to catch food. It also steals and scavenges. They mostly eat anything they can find.


The Yellow-legged gull is monogamous and colonial. The nest is built by both sexes on the ground or on cliff ledges. It is lined with debris, grasses, and feathers. The female lays three eggs, buff or olive and marked with brown, black, or olive. They are incubated 28 to 30 days by both adults. Young Yellow-legged gulls stay in the nest 35 to 45 days.

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