Black Headed Gull: the chocolate faced gull | Nature Notes from Dorset

The black headed gull (Larus ridibundus); Mr and Mrs, side by side, so that you can compare. There not much to distinguish them is there? The male, at the back, is slightly larger and has a slightly more stout bill. It also has a little more colouring on its face. These birds are in summer plumage and despite being named black headed gulls they are not gulls with black heads at all! The colouring is chocolate brown rather than black and it is their face, not their head, that is chocolate coloured. In the autumn they moult and lose that lovely dark head plumage and become white faced with just a dark comma shape behiing the ear. 
 
In Dorset this is one of our two most common species of gull, the other is the herring gull,

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