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Gulls with sand eel

Observed: 27th August 2010 By: pittwell

Adult gull feeding young gull with what looks like a sand eel

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At what age do adult gulls stop feeding their young as this looks to be a large chick?

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Feeding young.

Most birds, including gulls, will feed their young for a few weeks after fledging, gradually reducing the frequency as the young learn to feed themselves.

At the time of fledging birds are fully grown, and in some cases may weigh more than their parents (the parents will have had little chance to build up fat reserves while providing for a family).

Male and female gulls also tend to differ in size, so a fully grown male juvenile can be bigger than the female parent (and there is also individual variation).