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Lesser Black-backed Gull: less black on the back

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Lesser Black-backed Gull: less black on the back

Amongst the more common gulls we have all year round here in Dorset (great black-backed, herring and black-headed) we get a number of other visitors from the family. The lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus) is not an uncommon species in winter around our shores, and it is always worth having a closer look at any gull with a dark back to see if it is 'lesser' rather than 'greater'.

As you might expect, the lesser black-backed gull is smaller than the greater and the lesser's back is less black than the greater's

The lesser black-backed gull is a very close relative of the herring gull, it is the same size, has similar legs and beak (including the red patch) and in many ways is just a herring gull with a dark back. Here in the south of England the herring gull is much more common but as you head north so the lesser black-backed gull takes over.


 

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