Here we have grouped together gulls, skuas and terns which are sometimes referred to as shorebirds as are some other birds such as waders.
The gulls have stout bills and webbed feet. Most of these birds have loud wailing or squawking calls. The sexes look the same. They are opportunist that scavenge food and mostly feed on live food such as crabs, small fish, eggs, other birds’ chicks and insects. They usually live near the sea. Their nest is on the ground often in large noisy colonies and they lay two or three eggs.

hettumáfur Hettumáfur – Black-hooded Gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus ORNOSK blogs
hvítmáfur Hvítmáfur – Glaucous Gull – Larus hyperboreus ORNOSK blogs
kjói Kjói –  Artic Skua – Stercorarius parasiticus ORNOSK blogs
kría Kría – Arctic Tern – Sterna paradisaea ORNOSK blogs
rita Rita –Black-legged Kittiwake – Rissa tridactyla ORNOSK blogs
sílamáfur Sílamáfur –  Lesser Black-backed Gull – Larus fus ORNOSK blogs
silfurmafur Silfurmáfur – Herring Gull – Larus argentatus ORNOSK blogs
Skúmur – Great Skua – Stercorarius skua ORNOSK blogs
stormmáfur Stormmáfur – Common Gull – Larus canus ORNOSK blogs
svartbakur Svartbakur – Great Black-backed Gull – Larus marinus ORNOSK blogs

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