Silver Gull

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Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Status: Common - Least concern


Size 38-43cm.

A very common seabird with a white head and pale grey back and wings. Wings are tipped black and white. The adults have red legs and bill, a white eye with distinct red eye ring. Young birds have mottled brown back feathers with dark bills and legs.

Feeding Habits

Silver gulls are scavengers, following trawlers, feeding in squabbling groups on beaches, and living in cities feeding on scraps and insects. They steal bird eggs and baby chicks.


Nest in colonies on islands, at saltworks or in dead trees in lakes. Often use seaweed or beach debris to make a shallow nest. Both parents share nesting duties. The chicks are independent at six weeks.

Traditional Owner Values

Juru Traditional Owners

Language Name : Gullidala Gudjuda Dibala

Meaning : Travel bird, friendly nuisance and fun

Story - The seagull travels to many places in search of friends, food and good times. It meets many challenges while on the ground and in the air. Once the seagull finds a friend they hang around seeking friendships, but if you hurt the seagull he will leave and won't come back to you. Many times the seagull overcomes life threatening situations but survives to tell the story when he returns home.

Places to Look

This adaptive bird is a regular beach-goer, only leaving to breed. Your favorite fishing spot, local rubbish dump or land fill will be the place to find them.


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

© Birdlife Townsville 2008
© Birdlife Townsville 2008
© Birdlife Townsville 2008

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