Great Black-headed Gull

Larus ichthyaetus

Armenian Name: Սևագլուխ քրքջան
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Great Black-headed Gull

See Plate 31 for Great Black-headed Gull and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round visitor
Abundance: Common
Length:57-61 cm, Wing Span:149-170 cm
Distribution Map: Map 158.
Description: Pale gull with sloping forehead.
Adult: In flight show large areas of white on upper primaries.
Adult (Breeding): Black hood, orange-yellow bill with black band and variable amount of red.
Adult (Non-breeding): White head with grayish eye patch; bill and legs duller.
Juvenile: Whitish head and underparts, blackish bill, and dark hindneck. Brown mantle with pale scalloping on feather edges replaced with gray by fall.
Similar Species: At all ages differs from other large gulls by large size, sloping forehead, broad arched wings, long bill and legs.
Behavior: Often seen in flocks with Armenian Gulls.
Habitat: Lakes, reservoirs.
Food: Fish.