The black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a small bird found across Europe and Asia. This species is known for its distinctive black head, white body, and bright red bill.
Black-headed gulls are medium-sized birds with a wingspan of around 90-110 cm. They stand at about 38-44 cm tall and weigh between 190-310 grams. As their name suggests, these birds have jet-black heads during the breeding season; however, in winter, they lose this defining feature and instead have brown streaks on their heads.
Where To Find This Bird
Black-headed gulls can be found all over Europe, Asia minor as well as parts of Africa during migration seasons. They’re often seen around lakes, rivers or coasts where they feed on fish and other aquatic prey.
These birds prefer to nest in colonies near water bodies such as wetlands or estuaries but have been known to inhabit urban areas that provide an alternative habitat source.
The diet of the Black-headed Gull varies from season to season depending on what’s available – insects being the most common food source in summer months while fish form the bulk of their diet during winters when temperatures drop forcing them out of their natural habitats
One interesting fact about this species is that they’re not particularly picky eaters – they will scavenge almost anything edible if it presents itself! Another fascinating fact about them is how adaptable these creatures are: despite loss of habitat due to human development activities encroaching into wetland areas (their preferred nesting sites), populations continue thriving even in urban settings where there may be access issues like trash dumps or industrial sites.
In conclusion, Black-headed Gulls are amazing creatures that make great subjects for birdwatching enthusiasts all over the world. With unique features such as blackheads which distinguishes them from other species and ability to adapt, they continue thriving in various habitats. Their diet is also diverse – ranging from insects to fish which makes them a fascinating subject not only for birdwatchers but researchers too!