Laughing Gull


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Scientific Name Leucophaeus atricilla


The Laughing gull is about 16 inches in length. Its white body is covered by a slate-gray mantle and nearly black hood which extends further on the throat than on the back of the head. During the breeding season its breast has a faint rose blush. Laughing Gulls lose their dark feathers during the fall molt and are white-headed in winter.

Fun Facts

  • The Laughing Gull is named for its call, which sounds like, “ha, ha, ha, ha.” It’s a sociable bird that migrates, rests, hunts and scavenges together.
  • Laughing gulls prefer to nest in tall, thick grasses or shrubbery, usually on sandy islands, along the Atlantic Coast.

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