Grey-headed Gull – Latin name: Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
This is a small gull which breeds patchily in South America and Africa south of the Sahara. It is not truly migratory, but is more widespread in winter. This species has occurred as a rare vagrant to North America and Spain. It is also known as the Grey-hooded Gull. As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus.
Note: These photographs shown on this post were shot in Peru.
This locally abundant gull breeds in large colonies in reed beds and marshes, and lays two or three eggs in a nest, which can be on the ground or floating. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding and in evening roosts. Although it is predominantly coastal or estuarine, it is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen…
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