Lesser black-backed gull
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus) favour pans, dams, rivers and lakes, usually singly or in small groups. Will join grey-headed gulls to roost and preen on mudbanks by day and at night roost on muddy islets or bare rocky areas.
Distribution: Rare in Namibia, observed and recorded at Olusati Dam in northern Namibia and isolated sightings in the Caprivi Strip / Chobe River region. Also seen off the Atlantic Coast at Walvis Bay and Torra Bay.
Diet: An omnivorous bird with a diet that favours both vertebrates and invertebrates as well as plants. Pursues insects in the air.
Description: Fuscus is Latin for 'dusky'. Often confused with the larger kelp gull.
Breeding: Breeds in Holarctic, migrating south for the southern Africa summer.
Size: 65cm. Weight: 750g. Wingspan: 160cm.
Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony
An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.
Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here
A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays