Grey-headed Gull (Grey-hooded Gull) Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus (formerly Larus cirrocephalus)

This African species has appeared in Europe several times. In the past records have been assumed to relate to escaped birds (they are kept in a few collections) but some from southern Europe have been taken seriosuly as genuine vagrants, including 3 from Spain up to 2014, 1 from Italy and 1 from Gibralter. The Spanish bird in 2014 was among northbound Black-headed Gulls - at the time of writing it remains to be seen if it will stay with them as they head up to northern Europe. It is perfectly possible that at least one or two of the birds that have appeared in the UK might in fact have been wild birds originating from Africa.

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Grey-headed Gulls (with African Skimmers), Liwonde (Malawi), 24th September 2008

 

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Grey-headed Gulls, Liwonde (Malawi), 25th September 2008

 

Grey-headed Gulls, Liwonde (Malawi), 23rd September 2008