Laughing gull Larus atricilla

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:



Similar species:

Bonaparte's, Little, Black-headed and Sabine's Gulls have much different wing patterns, shorter, thinner bills, and have numerous other distinctions (Bonaparte's and Little are much smaller). Franklin's Gull is extremely similar. Adults in alternate plumage have darker tips to primaries, less extensive dark on underside of primaries and a white bar between gray upperwing and black primaries. Immatures and basic-plumaged adults typically have half-hoods that are much darker than those of Laughing Gulls and include the eye. Other minor plumage differences exist, but all age groups are perhaps best separated by structural features. Franklin's Gulls are smaller, shorter-billed, rounder-headed, and have shorter wings.