The winter plumage of the Black-Headed Gull

The winter plumage (feathers) of the Black-Headed Gull is very different from its summer plumage. 

The Black-Headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a coastal bird, a common seagull in Europe and Asia in the Northern Hemisphere.

For most of the year, it has a white and pale-grey body with a chocolate-brown head – not a black head. It has black tips on its wing feathers. It has a red beak and red legs. But in winter its plumage changes.

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