photo by Phil Swanson
L 17″ (43 cm) W 36″ (91 cm).
Song or calls:
Description: Sexes similar. Breeding adult is gray above with a white head and underparts; dark eye; unmarked yellow bill; and black legs. Wing tips are black. Winter adult is similar to breeding adult but head is smudged with black. First winter bird has a black half-collar; entirely black bill; black spot behind eye; and black on wings.
Behavior: Nests in large colonies, sometimes numbering in the millions.
Habitat: Usually found on open oceans, and nests on cliffs.
Where in Nebraska: A rare fall migrant. Most often seen at Gavin’s Point Dam.
Fun Facts: The Black-legged Kittiwake is the only gull that dives and swims underwater to capture food.