Its shoulders are black, and its back like a sea-gull, slate-coloured.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
The Dominican or black-backed gulls are very numerous and remain on the island all the year round.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Professor Ansted includes the Lesser Black-backed Gull in his list, but only marks it as occurring in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
The great black-backed gull said no more, but wheeled on as if nothing had happened.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
I thought it was one o' they big black-backed gulls, but it warn't that.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
The Manx and Erse term for the black-backed gull.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The young of the great black-backed gull.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
The harsh cry of a black-backed gull rang across the flats and small wading birds whistled about the water's edge.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
This Gull shares with the Great Black-backed Gull the honor of being the largest of the Gulls, being 28 inches in length.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The Gulls are a numerous family, the Common Gull, the Herring Gull, the Great Black-Backed Gull and the Ivory Gull being well known species.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
We should have stood on the gulls' black cliffs and heard the sea
And seen the moon's white track,
I would have called, you would have come to me
And kissed me back.
"In Nunhead Cemetery" by Charlotte Mary Mew
The fields quivering, the skyline a grimace,
At any second to bang and vanish with a flap;
The wind flung a magpie away and a black-
Back gull bent like an iron bar slowly. The house
"Wind" by Ted Hughes