This is a large gull. The back and wings are black and the head, neck and underparts are white. The white tail, with a broad black band towards the tip, and large yellow bill with red tip, distinguish it from the otherwise similar Kelp Gull L. dominicus. Young birds are predominantly dark brown and buff in plumage, the yellow bill becoming visible after the first year. It often occurs in small flocks, feeding on a variety of foods, including fish, molluscs and human refuse. The most common call is a loud ‘oww, oww’. It is a common sight in coastal areas of southern and south-western Australia, including Tas.
Scientific name: Larus pacificus