Also known as Dominican gull

Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

Latin name: Larus dominicanus

The Kelp Gull is the only gull commonly seen in Antarctica, where they occupy the coasts and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula throughout the year. The Kelp Gulls are widely scattered through the southern hemisphere, almost to the equator. Kelp Gulls are large, white-headed gulls, with a straight yellow bill, and are experts at swooping down to pluck food from the surface of the water. Kelp Gulls eat amphibians, birds, fish, mollusks, reptiles, worms, and even small mammals! However, Kelp Gull’s main food is the Antarctic limpet (NACELLA CONCINNA). Breeding starts in late November, when the eggs are incubated for 28 days. The eggs tend to hatch from mid-December to late January. The Kelp Gull also breeds in southern Africa, Australasia and South America.


Length: 54 – 65 cm Wingspan: 128 – 142 cm

Geographic Distribution

Kelp Gull distribution