Brown-headed Gull

Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus
Malay Name: Camar-Topeng Asia
Chinese Name: 棕头鸥

Found from central Asia to northern China, wintering to Indian subcontinent, southern China and mainland Southeast Asia


Size: 42-46 cm

Breeding/non-breeding adult and juvenile resembles Black-headed Gull but is larger, bulkier and thicker-billed with pale eyes. In flight, shows distinctive broadly black-tipped outer primaries.

Similar looking species: Black-headed Gull

Habitat: Mudflat and other coastal habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Rests on mudflats with Black-headed Gull as well as terns and other shorebirds. Often rests buoyantly on the sea.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Only two records from Kranji in 1967 and 1986.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2018). Larus brunnicephalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.