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 8 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 8 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 3 years ago 20 sec 4.3
preening Locality Cajamarca Department, Peru (ssp cirrocephalus)
Daniêl Jimenez 16 November 2012 3 years ago 35 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 58 photos
A bird near the fish market
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 5 May 2014 41 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 2 years ago 4.6
Locality Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Tomas Grim 20 February 2013 21 weeks ago 4.5
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 34 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