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Little Gull, Larus minutus  
Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ca: Gavina menuda Da: Dværgmåge De: Zwergmöwe Es: Gaviota enana Fi: pikkulokki Fr: Mouette pygmée
It: Gabbianello Nl: Dwergmeeuw No: Dvergmåke Pt: Gaivota-pequena Sv: Dvärgmås

CZ: racek malý, DU: Dwergmeeuw, PL: mewa mala, EE: Väikekajakas HU: Kis sirály, LV: Mazais kiris SK: cajka malá

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The Little Gull is the world's smallest gull and this delightfully delicate bird is always a joy to see.
Adults in winter plumage differ from Black-headed Gulls in their small size,
smaller black bill and the smoky patch on the crown and dark grey underwing.
Little Gulls have a buoyant flight and sometimes flutter to pick insects from the water like marsh terns. Second-year birds lose the black 'W' on the upperwing, and now show the same striking
underwing pattern as an adult - smoky black except for a broad white line around the trailing edge. Adults in summer plumage have a complete black hood over the head.

Migrates to the western seaboards of Europe when not breeding in winter.
Some visit the Black Sea and the southern Caspian Sea and over 50 000 have been counted
wintering in the Nile Delta (Egypt). Passage birds occur in Britain during spring and autumn.
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The Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus, is a small gull which breeds in northern Europe and Asia.
It also has small colonies in parts of northern Canada. It is
migratory, wintering on coasts
in western Europe, the Mediterranean and (in small numbers) the northeast USA.

© - lubomir hlasek
Illustration, adult summer plumageThis species breeds colonially on freshwater marshes,
making a lined nest on the ground amongst vegetation. Normally, 2-6 eggs are laid.

© - lubomir hlasek

This is the smallest gull species, with a length of 25-27cm, a wingspan of 75-80cm,
and a weight of 68-133 grammes.
It is pale grey in breeding plumage with a black hood, dark underwings
and often a pinkish flush on the breast.
In winter, the head goes white apart from a darker cap and eye-spot.
The bill is thin and black and the legs dark red.
The flight on rounded wings is somewhat tern-like.

Young birds have black markings on the head and upperparts, and "W" pattern across the wings.
They take three years to reach maturity.

© - josef hlasek

These gulls pick food off the water surface, and will also catch insects in the air like a Black Tern.
Last part of text from http://en.wikipedia.org


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