Black-Headed Gull ( Larus ridibundus )
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Larus ridibundus is spread pretty widely. It can be found in Greenland, then throughout Europe, in north-western Africa and even in some parts of Asia. It inhabits coastal areas, but can be also found close to lakes and large water areas. During winter they move inland, because of the cold temperatures. There they also find enough of food.
The Black headed gull is approximately 39 cm (15 inches) long. As its name already describes its head is black colored, however this coloration occurs only in the summer, it is transient. Beneath the black coloration there is a white feathering. The bill is red at the base and the rest is dark. Abdomen and throat are white whereas the wings are grey colored. The legs are red. Their aerodynamic body makes them very agile when flying -that is obvious when catching their prey.
Understandably, the gulls feed on small fish then their diet consists of molluscs and crustaceans. During warm night they catch insect or worms in a soil. Their nest is usually a scrape on the ground made of grass. They lay two or three eggs which are pale brown or blue with darker spots.