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An expert scavenger Silver Gull

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The Silver Gull, or commonly known as the Seagull, is generally found right across Australia, virtually at any watered habitat that is close to land.  Birds flock in high numbers when there is a food sources, mostly seen around departing and arriving fishing boats, but they seldom venture far out to sea.

Like many other gull species, the Silver Gull has become a successful scavenger, stealing from unattended food containers, open bins or tips. They can also become quite aggressive when scavenging and often pester humans for scraps. 

Breeding occurs late winter through to spring (August – November). Eggs are laid in shallow nests made of grass and seaweed. Both birds incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. With greater access to a wide range of food, the Silver Gull has been able to increase its population in areas of human activity. Available nesting grounds appear to be the only limiting factor to population increases.

Where you can find a Silver Gull

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do Not feed the Island's wildlife
  • Do take your rubbish with you
  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

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