Common winter visitor; uncommon passage migrant. A large gull breeding in Central Asia, often gathering in bays and harbours such as at Failaka, Sharq and Fahaheel in winter. Up to 541 recorded at Doha, Kuwait Bay, in mid March 2001.
Where in Kuwait
Often recorded off-shore, but also along the coastline and fishing harbours of Sharq and Fahaheel, normally in singles or very small groups.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a decreasing population and is is fully migratory, although many immatures over-summer in the winter range. After breeding the species shifts to fish-rich sea-coasts, wintering on beaches and in harbours. It is One of the largest of all gulls and has bold plumage