Common Gull Larus canus

When I started birding I thought this species was badly-named - it seemed to be significantly less common than the other common species of gull. Now living in Norfolk I encounter this species very easily indeed and regularly come across flocks of hundreds. Perhaps it may not be the commonest gull, but it certainly is a common gull.

The nominate form canus is the one usually occuring in the UK but Russian Common Gull, form heinei, is worth looking out for. Identification criteria are not exactly clearly-established at the moment though, so good luck with that!

The North American form brachyrhynchus is usually known as Mew Gull. This form is often treated as a separate species, and then the name Mew Gull is applied to that form while Common Gull is reserved for the Eurasian species, however those authorities that still consider them all to be the same species may apply either name to the whole lot. My few North American Mew Gull photos appear on a separate page.

The north-east Asian form kamtschatschensis (Kamchatka Gull) is normally treated as a race of Common Gull. All of the following photos are likely to be nominate canus, though I'm not competent to say for certain that there are no heinei lurking in there somewhere.

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Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 13th February 2010

 

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Common Gull, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 9th May 2009

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 7th January 2014

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th March 2008

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 23rd February 2004

 

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Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 22nd February 2014

 

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Common Gulls, Westcliffe-on-Sea (Essex, UK), 19th February 2011

 

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Common Gull, Wroxham Broad (Norfolk, UK), 12th November 2011

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 18th February 2011

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th March 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 5th November 2013

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 14th November 2005

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 3rd October 2006

 

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Common Gulls, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th March 2014

 

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Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 3rd February 2007

 

Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 13th February 2010

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 15th February 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 6th November 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 19th November 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th February 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 2nd January 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 19th December 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 23rd January 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 5th November 2013

 

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Common Gulls, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 5th January 2008

 

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Common Gulls, Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 14th January 2014

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th November 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 28th February 2006

 

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Common Gulls, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 16th February 2008

 

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Common Gull, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 3rd January 2011

 

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Common Gull, Rollesby Broad (Norfolk, UK), 21st February 2015

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 2nd February 2005

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 7th October 2003

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 5th March 2008

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 7th January 2014

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 19th December 2007

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 25th February 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 27th March 2008

 

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Common Gulls, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 24th October 2008

 

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Common Gulls, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 28th September 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th October 2007

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 18th February 2005

 

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Common Gull, Creaking Gate Lake (Norfolk, UK), 16th February 2014

 

Common Gull, Great Yarmouth (Norfolk, UK), 30th January 2009

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 8th February 2011

 

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Common Gull, Whitlingham CP (Norfolk, UK), 25th January 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 17th November 2010

 

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Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 12th March 2011

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 27th March 2008

 

Common Gull, Coxford (Norfolk, UK), 25th November 2008

 

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Common Gull, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 20th July 2004

 

Common Gull, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 26th February 2004

 

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Common Gull, Loch Ryan (Dumfries & Galloway, UK), 28th December 2005

 

Common Gull, Lewis (Outer Hebrides, UK), 16th May 2004

 

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Common Gulls, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 6th July 2004

 

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Common Gulls, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th November 2007

 

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Common Gull, Choseley (Norfolk, UK), 30th October 2007

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 16th October 2007

 

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Common Gull (and Dunlins), Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 13th November 2004

 

Common Gull, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 25th September 2010

 

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Common Gull, Sedgeford (Norfolk, UK), 12th November 2009

 

Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 28th October 2009

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 9th February 2006

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 10th March 2008

 

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Common Gull, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 27th July 2004

 

Common Gull, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 28th July 2004

 

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Common Gull, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 3rd Novembe 2008

 

Common Gull, Whitehills (, UK), 13th October 1999

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 20th January 2006

 

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 23rd January 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 29th December 1999

Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 4th February 2008

 

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Common Gull, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 7th December 2003

 

Common Gull, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 17th June 2004

 

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Common Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st December 2007

 

Common Gull, Tattersett (Norfolk, UK), 26th March 2009

 

Common Gull, Southwold (Suffolk, UK), 26th March 1999

 

Common Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 6th September 2008

 

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Common Gull (with broken wing), north of Stanhoe (Norfolk, UK), 14th December 2005

 

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Common Gulls, Houghton (Norfolk, UK), 12th April 2010

 

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Common Gulls, Esat Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 26th February 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 30th March 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 11th November 2004

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 15th January 2000

 

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Common Gulls, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 22nd August 2008

 

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Common Gulls, East Rudham (Norfolk, UK), 26th February 2004

 

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Common Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th October 2007

 

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Common Gull, Sheringham (Norfolk, UK), 26th September 2003

 

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Common Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 14th October 2007

 

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Common Gull, Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 14th November 2005

 

Common Gull, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th October 2007