Silver Gull

The Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae novaehollandiae) is also called the Australian Seagull because it is found in southern Australia. It is extremely common along the coastline.

The Silver Gull is white with light grey wings that are spotted with black tips. It has red legs and red beaks, which gets brighter with age.

Silver Gull

Silver Gull

It can reach 40–45 centimetres (16-18 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 94 centimetres (37 inches).

It feeds on worms, fish, insects and crustaceans, such as crabs. It also scavenges from rubbish bins and tables of food.

Female gulls build a nest on the ground of seaweed, roots, and plant stems. The nests may be found in low shrubs, rocks and on jetties (piers). She usually lays 1-3 eggs.

Silver Gull

Silver Gull

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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