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Laughing Gull

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  • Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Birds of Prey

About the Laughing Gull

The Laughing Gull is a medium-sized dark-headed gull of the New World. They are found along the eastern coast of North America and along both coasts on the northern half of South America.

Laughing Gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. In breeding plumage, adult birds have black heads and red bills. Outside of breeding season, the black hood is mostly replaced by white, and the red bill becomes darker, nearly black.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2014
Scientific Name Leucophaeus atricilla
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Leucophaeus
  • L. atricilla
Birdorable Family Terns & Gulls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 14 November 2014)
Units: Imperial Metric
15.4 to 18.1 inches
36.2 to 47.2 inches
7.2 to 13.1 ounces

International Names

  • Gaivota-alegre (Brazilian)
  • 笑鸥 (Chinese)
  • racek atlantický (Czech)
  • Lattermåge (Danish)
  • Lachmeeuw (Dutch)
  • nokisiipilokki (Finnish)
  • Mouette atricille (French)
  • Aztekenmöwe (German)
  • Gabbiano sghignazzante (Italian)
  • ワライカモメ [waraikamome] (Japanese)
  • Lattermåke (Norwegian)
  • mewa karaibska (Polish)
  • Ацтекская чайка (Russian)
  • Gaviota Guanaguanare (Spanish)
  • Sotvingad mås (Swedish)