British wildlife recordings

Larus argentatus : Herring Gull - Laridae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:40

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001427 BD14

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1961/11/09

  • Recording locations

    Beesands, Devon: OS Grid Reference(281500,40500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Herring Gull, Larus argentatus

  • Description

    This is an example of the call of the herring gull. Herring gulls are noisy sociable birds which form colonies along coastal regions of the British Isles, venturing more inland during the winter months. These gulls are typical scavengers which will eat almost anything. Consequently they are a familiar site around rubbish tips and refuse areas. Distinctive features of the herring gull are pink legs and a heavy yellow bill marked with a red spot, as well as its loud wails and laughing calls.

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