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During the breeding season Little gull is mainly insectivorous, feeding on dragonflies, mayflies, stoneflies, midges and beetles, but also gathering small fish and water invertebrates.
Only a few thousand pairs breed in the Baltic States, nevertheless Little Gull more often flies above the Baltic Sea during the warm season than in wintertime.
In the end of summer, not waiting for the colder autumn’s days to come, the Little Gull leaves for the South, though sometimes a few may stay for the winter. During migration they gather small crustaceans and fish from the water surface.
Little Gull is the smallest gull in the world and is rare in the whole Europe. Little is known about this gull and the reasons for its rarity are not quite understood yet.
Little Gull (Larus minutus)
Little Gull (Photo: Saulius Karalius, Fund of Lithuanian Sea museum)