Do Seagulls Fly At Night?

Most bird species all over the world are diurnal which means they are active during the day and rest at night

Whereas some birds are nocturnal which means they are more active at night such as the most common night bird – Owls

But what about seagulls?

Do seagulls fly at night? 

You’d be surprised to know seagulls do fly at night. Although they are diurnal, they won’t have trouble flying at night especially with city lights

Some gulls can be very active at night

Let’s find out why seagulls may fly at night in more detail in this article

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

Why Do Seagulls Fly At Night?

There are few reasons why you may see a seagull fly at night

One possible reason could be is they are flying away from predators or keeping themselves away from predators by flying out to the sea

This means they would possibly roost on ocean so they are far away from predators

Yet the main reason a seagull is flying after dark is because they know there is food around

You’d probably see more gulls at night where there is more human population

After all, gulls are scavenger birds and would eat anything lying around or anything they can find

What do they usually eat?

Anything from fish, insects, earthworms, eggs and even sometimes other birds!

Seagulls would also scavenge for foods leftover by humans like chips or other food

They would usually scrounge around by garbage and other trash materials

Because of this, it can lead to a seagull sometimes eating plastic which can be really dangerous to such an extent it can cause death

Bright city lights is something seagulls would take advantage of to find some additional food

Is It Normal For Seagulls To Fly At Night?

It’s not normal for seagulls to fly at night because they are diurnal

But that doesn’t mean they won’t go out searching for food especially if there is city lights

Seagulls can’t see much during the night because of their small pupil

Their eye muscles are not strong enough to adapt to the night as well

But with city lights it makes it easier for gulls to fly after dark

Did you know the swallow-tailed gull is the only nocturnal gull species

They have special night vision power which allows them to prey on small fish that come up to the surface during the night

Where Do Seagulls Go At Night?

Seagulls will pretty much sleep anywhere

This means they will sleep on places such as in parks, rooftops, beaches and fields

These places are broad and an open space

The reason for this is because seagulls sleep together in large colonies

That way if there is any potential danger such as a predator or anything else they will warn one another

They got each others backs basically!

It’s like a defensive strategy when they all sleep together

Seagulls are clever birds!

I go into more detail in my article – Where do seagulls go at night?

Why Do Seagulls Cry At Night?

I don’t think they are crying

If you hear seagulls screaming at night then it’s most likely they are communicating with one another about a potential danger

As mentioned earlier, because they sleep together in large numbers to protect one another, if a predator or any other danger approaches they would quickly warn each other

This could be done by screaming which can happen at night

It can be very disturbing especially if it wakes you up in the middle of your sleep!

Wrapping Up

Seagulls are diurnal birds which means they are active during the day and rest at night

But sometimes seagulls would fly at night because of the city lights (which is a helping hand to help them see at night) they can search for food

This would usually be foods that humans have leftover in the garbage and other trash materials

Another reasons they fly at night is to get away from a predator



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