Characteristics: A graceful, medium sized gull with short black legs and webbed feet. The Kittewake’s claws enable it to grip on narrow rock ledges. Its grey wings have black tips but unlike the Common Gull, it lacks white patches at the tips and also the orange spot on the small yellow beak. Juveniles have a dark zig-zag pattern on their upper wing and a black band across the back of their neck.

Habitat: Breeds on rocky coasts, nesting in large, noisy colonies on steep cliffs and disperse over the Atlantic, North Sea and Western Mediterranean in Winter.

Habits: Kittiwakes feed on the open sea on small surface- feeding fish and offal they pick from the surface. They make a far-carrying ” Kitti-wake” call incessantly at the breeding colony.