Steppe Gull (Spring)
Scientific Name 
Larus fuscus barabensis
Arabic Name 
نورس السهول
Kuwaiti name 
150.0 cm
65.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common winter visitor and passage migrant. A relative of the Baltic Gull; the adult’s back is lighter coloured, although darker than the Caspian Gull. Fortunately gulls often flock together and comparisons can be made when they sit side-by-side.
Where in Kuwait 
Primarily coastal during the winter months and generally seen in mixed flocks of large white-headed gulls
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