The Silver Gull has a white head, tail and underparts, with a light grey back and black-tipped wings. In adult birds the bill, legs and eye-ring are bright orange-red.
They are found at virtually any watered habitat. Birds flock in high numbers around fishing boats as these leave or return to the coast, but seldom venture far out to sea.
The silver gull is the most common gull seen in Australia. It has been found throughout the continent, but particularly at or near coastal areas. It is smaller than the pacific gull, which is also found in Australia.