Appearance The Sooty Gull is a large bird, 18.5" (47cm) long, with brown/grey upperparts and 'sooty brown' head, with a white collar at the hindneck. It has a white 'eyebrow' and a smaller white mark below the eye. Its underparts are white, with a grey neck and breast. The bill is a grey yellow - turning bright yellow when breeding, with a black band and red tip.
Habits The Sooty Gull is a gregarious bird, found in small, same species groups or large, mixed flocks.. Diet The Sooty Gull is a scavenger, using its strong beak to break up edible matter washed ashore. Occasionally, will take clams and other shellfish.
Resident The Sooty Gull is seen all along Kenya's coastline and offshore islands, during most months of the year.
Extra Sooty Gull Facts The Sooty Gull settles on water, but never dives for food.