Very common winter visitor and passage migrant. Kuwait’s most abundant wintering large gull. Widespread from October to March; some young birds may stay longer and some arrive by August. Up to 700 have been recorded at Zour Port in late October 2000.
Where in Kuwait
Recorded during the winter months in mixed flocks of large white-headed gulls along the coastline, inter-tidal mudflats and fishing harbours. Adult birds have paler upper-parts than all likely congeners.
In the world
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and wintering grounds include the coast of south-west Asia (breeders from the steppes), the north-west coast of Africa, and around the Arabian Peninsula up to north-west India.
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