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North Sailing - Húsavík, Iceland

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)


Great Black-backed GullLength: 64-70 cm

Weight: 1,370-2,300 g

Wingspan: 150-165 cm

Population: 15,000-30,000 pairs


Great Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in Iceland. It can be found all over Iceland but breeds mainly by the coast. Great Black-backed Gull is an opportunist feeder which feed on discards from fisheries and fishing boats, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and birds, especially young. Great Black-backed Gull eggs are harvested by locals.


Great Black-backed Gull is common on the Skjálfandi Bay. It nests on the coast and on islands.

Awards & Authorisation:

Awarded nationally and internationally since 1995Travel Agency - Authorised by Icelandic Tourist BoardTour Operator - Authorised by Icelandic Tourist Board


  • Wildlife of Skjálfandi Bay
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