Herring Gull

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Herring Gulls started to nest in Iceland around 1925. This is a common species in coastal areas all around Iceland except for the western part where Glaucous Gull is common. These species interbreed and hybrids can sometimes be seen. Herring Gulls forage in coastal areas and at sea but go rarely inland. They feed on a variety of food like crustaceans, molluscs and fish.


Herring Gull is common in Skjálfandaflói bay and the most numerous of the larger gull species.


58-62 cm


700-1,430 g


138-155 cm


 5,000-10,000 pairs