Grey-headed Gull (Larus cirrocephalus) - HBW 3, p. 613
French: Mouette à tête grise
Spanish: Gaviota Cabecigrís
Other common names: Grey-hooded Gull
Taxonomy: Larus cirrocephalus Vieillot, 1818, Brazil.
Morphometric analysis links it with L. novaehollandiae and L. serranus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cirrocephalus Vieillot, 1818 - coastal Ecuador and Peru; coastal C Brazil to Argentina (S Buenos Aires), and up Paraguay and Paraná basins inland to Santa Fé (Laguna de Melincué).
- poiocephalus Swainson, 1837 - coasts and inland rivers of W Africa; widely scattered localities from Ethiopia to Malawi and S Africa, including Rift Valley lakes (Naivasha, Manyara, Elmenteita, Nakuru, Turkana).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 36 videos
An adult bird on a pole Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (ssp poiocephalus)
Peter van Dam 26 August 2006 7 years ago 21 sec 4.8
Adult bird, in summer plumage, swimming in a canal. Locality Lagunas Ecuasal-Salinas, Salinas-Santa Rosa, Guayas Province, Ecuador (ssp cirrocephalus)
Pia Öberg 12 February 2011 4 years ago 17 sec 4.6
Two birds on the beach Locality Sodwana Bay, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 2 years ago 39 sec 4.5
An adult bird walking on the shore, amogst several waders Locality Tanji, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp poiocephalus)
Eldert Groenewoud 25 October 2005 7 years ago 29 sec 4.4
a close-up of one individual on the ground, part of a group of 10 birds Locality Albufera de Medio Mundo, Lima Department, Peru (ssp cirrocephalus)
Wim ten Have 2 April 2011 2 years ago 20 sec 4.3
preening Locality Cajamarca Department, Peru (ssp cirrocephalus)
Daniêl Jimenez 16 November 2012 2 years ago 35 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 51 photos
A bird near the fish market
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 5 May 2014 15 weeks ago 4.7
Bird flying over the remains of fish near the Lagoon of Araruama on a cloudy day.
Locality Araruama, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp cirrocephalus)
SergioPorto 21 December 2013 1 year ago 4.6
Adult bird in flight
Locality Punta Rasa, San Clemente del Tuyú, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (ssp cirrocephalus)
David Brassington 21 September 2009 6 years ago 4.4
An adult standing near a pond.
Locality Pantanos de Villa, Lima Department, Peru (ssp cirrocephalus)
Ken Simonite 19 October 2014 7 weeks ago 4.4
Bird walking on the beach
Locality Cape Vidal, St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
ossewa 30 March 2013 2 years ago 4.4
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Rafael Merchante 29 May 2013 2 years ago 4.4