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Arctic Skua Gull Bird

Arctic Skua Gull Bird

A dark, sleek bird, gull-like yet with a hint of a falcon. Adults have elongated central tail feathers, and occur in both light and dark colour phases. The pale birds have creamy-coloured underparts and collar, with a contrasting dark cap...

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Black-Headed Gull Bird

Black-Headed Gull Bird

The familiar small gull in our region, the adult in summer has a chocolate-brown (not black!) head, with a short transitional state between this and the winter plumage of just a dark smudge over the eye and a bold dark ear-spot on a white head....

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Common Gull Bird

Common Gull Bird

A medium-sized gull, superficially similar to the Herring Gull but intermediate between that and the Black-headed Gull in structure and size. It has a white head, streaked dusky in winter...

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Lesser Black-backed Gull Bird

Lesser Black-backed Gull Bird

Typically a little smaller, slimmer and more graceful than the Herring Gull. The adult graellsii form in Britain has a dark slate-grey back and upperwings, rather extensive black wingtips and a small white 'mirror' on the outer primary tips...

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Herring Gull Bird

Herring Gull Bird

The most familiar large 'seagull' in our region, with a pale grey back and upperwings, a white head that is variably streaked in winter, pink legs and a yellow bill with a red spot on the gonys...

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Great Black-backed Gull Bird

Great Black-backed Gull Bird

The largest gull in the world, at all ages showing a heavier structure than other large gull species. It has a very bulky, deep-chested body and a deep, thick bill. The bill is yellow in the adult with a prominent red gonys spot, and the legs are stout and pink...

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Kittiwake Gull Bird

Kittiwake Gull Bird

A slightly built and graceful gull, with a gentle expression and buoyant flight. The rounded head is entirely white, the bill yellowish, and the short legs are black. The back and rather long slender wings are mid-grey, with paler flight feathers...

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Little Tern Gull Bird

Little Tern Gull Bird

The smallest of our terns, typically less than half the weight of Common Tern. It has a rather fine yellow bill with a black tip, orange legs, and a black cap with a prominent white forehead that extends over the eye...

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Sandwich Tern Gull Bird

Sandwich Tern Gull Bird

Larger and bulkier than the other terns in our region, with long narrow wings and a whiter overall appearance. It has a rather long and large head, and the bill is long and black with a pale yellow tip. It has a black cap and shaggy crest...

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Common Tern Gull Bird

Common Tern Gull Bird

A slender and graceful bird, with a black-tipped orange-red bill and red legs, long wings and a deeply forked tail with extended outer tail-feathers forming long streamers...

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Arctic Tern Gull Bird

Arctic Tern Gull Bird

Essentially similar to Common Tern, but smaller bodied and longer tailed, and is 15-20 per cent lighter than that species. It is short-legged and short-necked, the short bill is blood-red, and the tail...

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