This member of the gull family gets its name for the sound it makes on their nesting colonies—a shrill, harsh “kaka-week” or “kitti-waak.” It is distinguished by its black-tipped wings. The rest of the wings are grey. Its head and tail are snow white and this contrasts with its black legs. The Kittiwake Gull is very sensitive to human interference, which can result in a mortality rate that can cause a decline in the Kittiwake population. Locals often call the Kittiwake the “Tickle Ace.” Their life span is around 25-28 years and they usually have one to three young per year.