Sea Gull Facts



  • Gulls are big sea birds that live on coasts all around the world, nesting on cliffs, islands or beaches.
  • Gulls are related to skuas and terns.
  • Skuas have hooked claws and sharp bills, which they use to attack other birds and force them to disgorge (throw up) their food – which the skua then eats.
  • Skuas are such good acrobats that they can catch the disgorged meal of another bird in mid-air.
  • The great skua often pounces on seagulls, drowns them, and then steals their chicks.
  • A wandering albatross can glide for hours without a single flap of its huge wings. It glides quite low, usually less than 20 m above the waves, where rising Iv/Ms keep it aloft.
  • Wandering albatrosses are the biggest of all sea birds, with white bodies and dark wings.
  • The wandering albatross has the biggest wingspan of any bird – 3.7 m across.
  • An albatross will often follow a ship for days without stopping to rest.
  • Wild albatrosses may live for more than 50 years.
  • Herring gulls watch ducks diving for fish and then steal it when the ducks resurface.