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 32 videos
An adult bird on a pole Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (ssp poiocephalus)
Peter van Dam 26 August 2006 6 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 3 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 45 weeks 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 6 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 1 year ago 20 sec 4.3
preening Locality Cajamarca Department, Peru (ssp cirrocephalus)
Daniêl Jimenez 16 November 2012 1 year ago 35 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 42 photos
Bird flying over the remains of fish near the Lagoon of Araruama on a cloudy day.
Locality Araruama, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp L. c. cirrocephalus)
SergioPorto 21 December 2013 35 weeks ago 4.5
A bird walking.
Locality Lima City, Peru
Patricio Mackenzie 14 June 2013 1 year 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 4 years 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 44 weeks ago 4.4
Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Rafael Merchante 29 May 2013 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Tanji, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp poiocephalus)
Paul Cools 4 February 2012 1 year ago 4.4