Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

LAGU

Code 6

LARATR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Laughing Gull has a current evaluation of Least Concern. The prior rating for this bird species was Lower Risk. At this time the range and population of this bird species are considered to be stable enough to warrant no immediate concerns. The range of the Laughing Gull is estimated at about 400,000 square kilometers. The population of this bird species could be as high as almost 1 million individual birds. This bird is native to many portions of the world, including South America, the Caribbean and Central America.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Laughing Gull: This medium-sized gull has a gray back, white underparts and neck, a black hood and red bill. The wings are gray and white-edged, and black at the tips; tail is white. The legs and feet are black. Diet includes insects, fish, shellfish and crabs. It has a slow flight with deep wing beats and soars on updrafts. It is named for its laughter-like call. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Laughing Gull: Lives mainly on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S., ranging from Maine down through Florida and Texas. Also occurs along the Gulf coast of Mexico, inland southern Mexico, the West Indies, and along the Baja Peninsula. Spends winters regularly north to Virginia, in smaller numbers farther north. Found in salt marshes, lagoons, and coastal beaches.

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Laughing Gull SONGS AND CALLS

Laughing Gull C1

Squeaky "kyow" calls.

Laughing Gull C2

Calls from two birds taking flight.

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Voice Text

"Ha, ha, ha, ha"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Laughing Gull is the largest of the dark-hooded gulls. It is aptly named, as its extended, "ha-ha-ha" call resembles laughter.
  • Vagrant birds have, on rare occasion, been sighted in western Europe.
  • A group of gulls has many collective nouns, including a "flotilla", "gullery", "screech", "scavenging", and "squabble" of gulls.
  • Folklore from Scotland says "Seagull, seagull, sit on the sand; it's a sign of rain when you are at hand." Birds will roost in times of low pressure, which is often indicative of an oncoming storm.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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