Our Beautiful World
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.
This is the smallest
gull species, with a length of 25-27cm, a wingspan of 75-80cm,
Young birds have black
markings on the head and upperparts, and "W" pattern across
These gulls pick food
off the water surface, and will also catch insects in the air like
a Black Tern.