European Herring Gull

European Herring Gull

European Herring Gull (Enlarge)

Photographed in the Llandudno, Wales, in September 2006.

The European herring gull (Larus argentatus) is the most common gull in northern and western Europe, where it is often referred to as a seagull. The European herring gulls that reside in colder areas migrate south for winter, whereas those in the British Isles, Iceland and the North Sea do not. They have complex methods of communication involving calls and body language. European herring gulls sometimes rhythmically stamp their feet on the ground to attract earthworms, and can consume seawater using glands above their eyes to remove salt.