Slender-billed Gull (Winter)
Slender-billed Gulls (Nesting colony)
Slender-billed Gull (Juveniles)
Scientific Name 
Chroicocephalus genei
Arabic Name 
النورس دقيق المنقار
Kuwaiti name 
110.0 cm
44.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Abundant passage migrant, common resident and breeder. One of Kuwait’s most abundant gulls, this species is partial to eutrophic wetland waters. Spring and autumn flocks have reached 20000 birds in Kuwait Bay.
Where in Kuwait 
It is predominantly coastal and can be seen almost all year round, although numbers diminish entirely during summer breeding on the northern off-shore islands of Kuwait
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and breeds widely at isolated, scattered localities including the Middle East. It winters in much of the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Caspian Sea including coastlines around the Arabian Peninsula, south to the Horn of Africa. Populations breeding in central Asia are fully migratory, although other populations are sedentary or only disperse short distances.
Local threats 
Marine oil spills and pollution, loss of habitat and human disturbance