Little Gull

Larus minutus

Armenian Name: Փոքր որոր
Little Gull

See Plate 31 for Little Gull and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant, Winter Visitor
Abundance: Rare
Length:25-27 cm, Wing Span:75-80 cm
Distribution Map: Map 162.
Adult: Rounded white wingtips; blackish underwings and bill.
Adult (Breeding): Black head, pale gray mantle. Legs red.
Adult (Non-breeding): Blackish cap and ear spot.
Juvenile: Blackish cap and eye patch. Back blackish-brown scaled with white. In flight, shows dark zigzag on upperside.
First Winter: Second-winter: Blackish cap and ear spot; blackish wingtips.
Similar Species: Differs from other gulls by small size, upperwing pattern in juveniles, and dark underwing and pale upperwing in adults.
Behavior: Flight buoyant and agile. Catches insects in flight, dives for fish, and plucks prey from water or plants.
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, reservoirs.
Food: Invertebrates, fish.