As the name suggests, the little gull is a small and dainty member of the gull family. In the summer, adults have black heads with younger birds having black markings on each wing - this forms a 'W' pattern.
In-flight, adults display dark grey underwings with paler grey colour on the upperwing.
Their diets mainly consist of fish and insects.
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.