Gulls (Laridae)

Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) - HBW 3, p. 615

French: Mouette rieuse German: Lachmöwe Spanish: Gaviota Reidora
Other common names: Black-headed Gull

Taxonomy: Larus ridibundus Linnaeus, 1766, England.
Morphometric analyses link it to various other hooded gulls, with no consistent pattern. Some authors recognize possible race sibiricus (NE Siberia). Monotypic.

Distribution: S Greenland and Iceland through most of Europe and C Asia to Kamchatka, extreme SE Russia (Ussuriland) and NE China (Heilongjiang); marginal in NE North America. Winters S to W & E Africa, India, Malaysia and Philippines.