Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Malay Name: Camar-Topeng Hitam Biasa
Chinese Name: 红嘴鸥
Found from Europe to Asia and eastern Canada wintering to northern Africa, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and eastern North America
Size: 35-39 cm
Identification: Non-breeding adult has mostly white head with prominent dark ear spots, white nape and underparts, pale grey mantle, dark eyes, reddish bill with black tip and dark red legs/feet. Breeding adult has dark brown hood with broken white eyering and darker red bill. First winter bird resembles non-breeding adult but has duller bill and legs, buff-brown markings on upperwings and blackish subterminal tail-band.
Similar looking species: Brown-headed Gull
Habitat: Mudflat and other coastal habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on varied food items such as aquatic and terrestrial insects, earthworms, marine invertebrates, some fish, grains and berries.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Mandai Mudflat, Straits of Johor, Seletar Dam, Pulau Ubin and Straits of Singapore.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia