Black-legged Kittiwake Identification

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized to small gull.
  • Small, unmarked yellow bill.
  • Head and underparts white.
  • Back medium gray.
  • Wingtips black, without white spots, as if dipped in ink.
  • Legs black.

Immature Description

Juvenile with white underparts, gray back, gray patches on nape and crown, dark spot at the ears, black collar, black wingtips, and a dark bar across the wing. Wings show a dark "M" pattern in flight. Tail white with a black tip. Legs black.
Relative Size

Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
Measurements
  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 15.0-16.1 in (38-41 cm)
    • Weight: 10.8-18.5 oz (305-525 g)
    • Wingspan: 37.0 in (94 cm)