Laughing Gull

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2014
Scientific Name
Leucophaeus atricilla
  • Charadriiformes
  • Laridae
  • Leucophaeus
  • L. atricilla
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 15 November 2014)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15.4 to 18.1 inches
36.2 to 47.2 inches
7.2 to 13.1 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gaivota-alegre
Chinese (汉语) 笑鸥
Czech (Cesky) racek atlantický
Danish (Dansk) Lattermåge
Dutch (Nederlands) Lachmeeuw
Finnish (Suomi) nokisiipilokki
French (Français) Mouette atricille
German (Deutsch) Aztekenmöwe
Italian (Italiano) Gabbiano sghignazzante
Japanese (日本語) ワライカモメ [waraikamome]
Norwegian (Norsk) Lattermåke
Polish (Polski) mewa karaibska
Russian (русский язык) Ацтекская чайка
Spanish (Español) Gaviota Guanaguanare
Swedish (Svenska) Sotvingad mås
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The Laughing Gull is a medium-sized "dark-headed" gull found in parts of the New World. During breeding season, the Laughing Gull has a black head with a dark red bill. The black ... more