Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Summer-plumage Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 9th 2010.
Summer plumage. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on May 9th 2010.
(1/1250th sec at f11. Click image for a larger version. )
Winter-plumage Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Taken at the University Parks, Oxford, on January 21st 2009.
Winter plumage. Taken at the University Parks, Oxford, on January 21st 2009.
(1/500th sec at f8. Click image to see a larger version. )
Juvenile Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon on August 19th 2016.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon on August 19th 2016.
(1/1600th sec at f10. Click image for a larger version. )

© David Hastings


L: 35 - 39 cm; WS: 86 - 99 cm
The Black-headed Gull has a chocolate-brown (not black) head, but only in the summer. For the rest of the year its head is almost white, with just a black smudge behind the eye. This species has two age groups (three in late summer).
It can be found almost anywhere inland and on the coast.
Many Black-headed Gulls never see the sea, as the combination of inland reservoirs and rubbish dumps exactly suits their needs.
Black-headed Gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.
It has amber status on the British list. Around 138000 pairs breed in Britain, but over two million birds spend the winter here.


20-Aug-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Aug-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
01-Aug-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Jul-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon
17-Jun-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(2)
13-Apr-2017:Otmoor, Oxon
19-Mar-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Mar-2017:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
12-Mar-2017:Rushy Common, Oxon
02-Mar-2017:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
28-Jan-2017:Radley Lakes, Oxon
22-Jan-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon
14-Jan-2017:Caulcott, Oxon
01-Jan-2017:Abingdon, Oxon(2)

03-Dec-2016:Radley Lakes, Oxon
13-Nov-2016:Otmoor, Oxon
06-Nov-2016:La Janda, Spain
05-Nov-2016:Playa de Los Lances, Spain
22-Oct-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon
02-Oct-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Sep-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Aug-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Aug-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Jun-2016:Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants
01-Jun-2016:Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants
30-Mar-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
13-Mar-2016:Otmoor, Oxon
06-Mar-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Feb-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon
25-Feb-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
21-Feb-2016:Rushy Common, Oxon
07-Feb-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Feb-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
16-Jan-2016:Radley Lakes, Oxon
08-Jan-2016:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
07-Jan-2016:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Jan-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Jan-2016:Abingdon, Oxon(6)

06-Dec-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
28-Nov-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Nov-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Nov-2015:Baulking, Oxon
18-Oct-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Oct-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
04-Oct-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Sep-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Sep-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Aug-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Jun-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
01-Jun-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
10-May-2015:Otmoor, Oxon
09-May-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-May-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-May-2015:Arne, Dorset
30-Apr-2015:Arne, Dorset
28-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Apr-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
22-Apr-2015:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
19-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Apr-2015:Otmoor, Oxon
06-Apr-2015:Stratfield Brake, Oxon(1)
05-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Mar-2015:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
22-Mar-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(4+)
08-Mar-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Mar-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
21-Feb-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon
18-Feb-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
08-Feb-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
29-Jan-2015:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
17-Jan-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon
02-Jan-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Jan-2015:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(2+)

13-Dec-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon
06-Dec-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon
20-Nov-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon
19-Nov-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
09-Nov-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Oct-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
17-Oct-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
28-Sep-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon
21-Sep-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
10-Sep-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
31-Aug-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Aug-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
17-Aug-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Aug-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
20-Jul-2014:Calvert Jubilee, Oxon
02-Jul-2014:North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorkshire
30-Jun-2014:Tophill Low, E. Yorks
24-Jun-2014:Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2014:Whelford Pools, Glos
06-Jun-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
25-May-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
24-May-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
22-May-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
11-May-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
07-May-2014:Teifi Marshes, Pembrokeshire
04-May-2014:Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion
27-Apr-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
17-Apr-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
12-Apr-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
30-Mar-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon(3)
23-Mar-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
19-Mar-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon(2)
15-Mar-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(250+)
22-Feb-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Feb-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
16-Jan-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon(1)
03-Jan-2014:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
02-Jan-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Jan-2014:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(2)

29-Dec-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
20-Dec-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
15-Dec-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Dec-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
07-Dec-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
29-Nov-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
22-Nov-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
08-Nov-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
12-Oct-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Oct-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
21-Sep-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
14-Sep-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
08-Sep-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
24-Aug-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
08-Jul-2013:Whelford Pools, Glos(2)
24-Jun-2013:Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
24-Jun-2013:Salthouse, Norfolk(4)
25-May-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(7)
19-May-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-May-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
06-May-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
01-May-2013:The Camargue, France
20-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
09-Apr-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
07-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
30-Mar-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
29-Mar-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
27-Mar-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
24-Mar-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon
14-Mar-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
10-Mar-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
02-Mar-2013:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
27-Feb-2013:Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon
16-Feb-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon
16-Feb-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon
13-Jan-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon