Mediterranean Gull (Breeding plumage, GREECE)
Mediterranean Gull (Winter)
Scientific Name 
Larus melanocephalus
Arabic Name 
نورس البحر الأبيض المتوسط
Kuwaiti name 
105.0 cm
38.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Vagrant during winter and spring passage. An elegant bird breeding in wetlands in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas; very rarely reaching the Gulf. It forages along the coast and at sea during the non-breeding season.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 6 records for Kuwait with the last being from Green Island in 2012. Most other records are coastal with one from an inland pool in the Jahra area
In the world 
It has a very large range with a stable population and breeds almost entirely in Europe. Most populations of this species are fully migratory and travel along coastlines between their breeding and wintering areas on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.
Local threats 
Marine oil spills and pollution