Heuglin’s Gull (Winter)
Heuglin’s Gull
Heuglin’s Gull (Spring)
Scientific Name 
Larus fuscus heuglini
Arabic Name 
نورس هوجلن
Kuwaiti name 
150.0 cm
65.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common winter visitor and passage migrant. Close relative of the Baltic Gull. The immature birds, all brownish-grey coloured, are especially difficult to distinguish in the field.
Where in Kuwait 
One of the more common dark-backed Gulls found in mixed flocks along the coast over the winter months
In the world 
There is much debate on the large white-headed gull taxa and according to Birdlife International "The following species level treatment, shown with sub-specific placements, has been adopted by the BTWG: L. fuscus (with intermedius, graellsii, heuglini, taimyrensis and barabensis); L. argentatus (with argenteus, smithsonianus, vegae and mongolicus); L. michahellis (with atlantis and armenicus) and L. cachinnans".
Local threats 
Marine oil spills and pollution