A savage seagull has been captured swallowing a live pigeon whole.

Savage seagull

Savage seagull

The seabird can be seen pecking at the smaller winged creature before it gorged on its prey and swallowed the animal with its head, beak wings and claws still attached, much to the shock of onlookers.

The footage, which has been obtained by The Mirror Online, has gone viral and has caused uproar among social media users.

Speaking about the horrific moment, one watcher wrote: ''It's just a gullet with legs. Imagine being small enough for this thing to eat. It would be like a flying T-Rex with soulless red eyes.''

The clip continues to show the seagull stroll away from the bloodied scene of the crime where minutes before it had thrashed the pigeon to death.