Great Black-headed Gull (Larus ichthyaetus) - HBW 3, p. 613
French: Goéland ichthyaète
Spanish: Gavión Cabecinegro
Taxonomy: Larus Ichthyaetus Pallas, 1773, Caspian Sea.
Despite large size, behavioural repertoire typical of hooded gulls, although behaviour considered distinctive by some. Possibly a link between the hooded and the white-headed gulls. Monotypic.
Distribution: Breeds in a few very small, scattered localities from Black Sea (Crimea) E to L Balkhash and spottily to NW Mongolia; possibly also N China (Gansu, Qinghai) and Tibet. Winters on coasts of E Mediterranean, Red Sea, S Caspian Sea and N Indian Ocean E to Myanmar; SC Ethiopia.
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VideosSee all 15 videos
A first-year bird swimming Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 20 December 2005 7 years ago 23 sec 4.3
An adult bird in flight and landing close to other individuals, on the water. Locality Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 17 February 2011 1 year ago 26 sec 4.3
A group of birds swimming, showing different stages of plumage Locality Umm al-Quwain Emirate, United Arab Emirates (Monotypic species)
Eric Roualet 26 February 2008 5 years ago 20 sec 4.2
An adult in non-breeding plumage, swimming amongst several Common Black-headed Gulls Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 20 December 2005 7 years ago 41 sec 3.9
adult attaining breeding plumage on beach, walks and is joined by non-breeding plumaged adult Locality Modhva, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 13 December 2009 3 years ago 39 sec 3.8
A breeding plumaged adult in flight and calling Locality Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve, Akmola Province, Kazakhstan (Monotypic species)
Greg Baker 21 May 2008 1 year ago 15 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 12 photos
Locality Al Wakrah Beach, Al Wakrah, Qatar
John A Thompson 11 January 2005 3 years ago 4.6
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel
Lior Kislev 28 March 2012 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Mandvi, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
jugal Tiwari 6 March 2013 39 weeks ago 4
Great Black-headed Gull, adult summer with Lesser Crested Terns and Black-headed Gull.
Locality Goa, India
Mark Andrews 17 February 2006 4 years ago 4
Great Black-headed Gull
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India
drpankajmaheria 14 November 2012 45 weeks ago 3.7
Adult bird in non-breeding plumage.
Locality Olomouc, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 18 October 2012 1 year ago 3.7
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