Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

Lesser Black-backed Gulls started to nest in Iceland early in the last century. Now they breed in most parts of Iceland but the largest colonies are in the southwest. Lesser Black-backed Gulls nest in areas which are not to vegetated. They are migratory and one of the first migrants to appear each spring. Lesser Black-backed Gulls feed on a variety of seafood, discards from fisheries as well as invertebrates on land.


Lesser Black-backed Gull is not common in the area but can usually be seen in Húsavík and out on the bay. The main nesting colonies are by the river Skjálfandafljót.


52-54 cm


950-1,100 g


135-155 cm


 25,000 pairs