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Scientific name:  Larus melanocephalus

Size:  Up to 40cm

Distribution:  Not common.  Mainly seen along the south and east coast of England.  Largest numbers seen in Norfolk and Kent

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Coastal areas and reservoirs

Food:  Fish, insects and carrion

Special features:  Mediterranean Gulls are slightly larger than Black-headed gulls.  The adults have all white wings, red legs, and a red beak marked with a small black ring near the tip.  The head is black in summer and has patches of grey in winter.  The eye has a white border.  Juvenile birds have more black markings on their plumage and darker coloured beak and legs.

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