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Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

2 Species ID Suggestions

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 10 years ago
Franklin's Gull
Leucophaeus pipixcan Franklin's Gull
Laughing Gull
Leucophaeus atricilla Laughing Gull


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7 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Great shot.. I think they are Laughing Gull..

Tweact
Tweact 10 years ago

Nice pic!

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 10 years ago

I'm sorry, I thought that the map was closer to Massachusetts. I guess I didn't look close enough. Whoops! Then I definitely think its the Laughing Gull.

Liam
Liam 10 years ago

Laughing Gull seconded. Pretty much the only dark-headed gull found around the southeast this time of year.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 10 years ago

It would be rare to have Franklin's gull in that location wouldn't it? Also if you look at the black cap on the right bird, it extends further back on the head than the typical Franklin's Gull. I would call it Laughing Gull for these reasons. Kathleen

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 10 years ago

Either of them could be right, I was just giving another option...
I was just at OCNJ on Wednesday and I saw hundreds of these guys! They kept attacking my friend because she had food :)

Fantastic shot by the way!

NicoleB
NicoleB 10 years ago

I've tried my Luck via search, but I can't find one for the US that fits.

The Brown-hooded Gull is only in South America and the Black-headed Gull over in Europe (that one doesn't have such dark wings anyway).

Hope you get some help on these fellows :)

Lovely photo!

Laurie
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Laurie

Virginia, USA

Spotted on Apr 11, 2011
Submitted on Jul 29, 2011

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