Black-legged Kittiwake (Breeding plumage, UK)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Immature, UK)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Immature, UK)
Scientific Name 
Rissa tridactyla
Arabic Name 
النورس أسود الرجلين
Kuwaiti name 
108.0 cm
44.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. Care should be taken in distinguishing immature plumaged birds from the Little Gull.
Where in Kuwait 
A single bird off Mina Saud in mid March 1991 is the only record for Kuwait and an unusual sighting so far off this northern bird’s range
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and nests along coastlines in much of the north Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It is migratory and disperses after breeding from coastal areas to the open ocean. During the winter the species is highly pelagic, usually remaining on the wing out of sight of land and is found in most of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as far south as Mexico, West Africa and the East China Sea. The hind toe of each foot is reduced to a mere bump, meaning there are only three functional toes instead of four, so its scientific name, tridactyla, means ‘three-toed.
Local threats 
Marine oil spills and pollution