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Herring Gull

(Larus argentatus)

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The herring gull lays an average of three eggs and will incubate them for up to 30 days, with young birds being able to fly around 40 days after hatching.


Herring gulls will eat a wide variety of foods, from small birds and their eggs, to whatever they can find on landfill sites and rubbish dumps

Herring gulls are found throughout the UK. Although many gulls are referred to as seagulls, some differences among breeds set them apart. Herring gulls are known for stealing food and being found around rubbish tips and large reservoirs.


Adult herring gulls are silver or grey in colour and have a white head and pink legs. The wingtips of herring gull are black with white spots and their bill is yellow with a red dot.


The locations can include landfills as well as built-up urban areas. Herring gulls can always be found by the sea, but are just as comfortable in cities roosting on rooftops of homes and commercial premises

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