The great black-backed gull is a very large member of the gull family. They have large, yellow, powerful beaks with pinkish feet. Adults are much blacker than the younger birds.
Whilst perched, they can sometimes look hunched.
Like most other gulls, they are competitive for food and will fight off and chase other birds that try to snatch food.
Their diets mainly consist of carrion, shellfish and other birds.
Named in honour of the French naturalist and ornithologist, Jean Victor Audouin (1797 – 1841) the Audouin’s gull is one of the world’s rarest and is limited in the main to regions within and surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
The title of Black-headed Gull is rather a misnomer for this bird as its head is not black but a dark brown colour and only in adult birds during the breeding season. It is not present during the winter months or in other plumages. Unlike many gulls it is not restricted to coastal regions and is widespread inland in both rural and urban areas.
A graceful tern, easily distinguishable in their black summer plumage, which they're named after.