Silver Gull

This is the smallest of the resident Australian gulls.  In adult birds the plumage is grey above, with a white head, neck and underparts; younger birds have varying amounts of brown mottling on the back and wings.  Adult birds also differ from the young in having conspicuous red-orange legs, bill and eye-ring; these are black to brown in younger birds.   The Silver Gull is common and widespread and is found at virtually any watered area.  While it may be observed at great distances inland, it seldom ranges far out to sea, but birds will flock in high numbers around fishing boats as they leave or return to the coast.  Besides its Australian distribution, the species is also found in New Zealand and New Caledonia.  As with many other gull species, the Silver Gull has become a successful commensal of humans and readily begs for handouts of food scraps.

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Size: 40 to 45 cm