Franklin's gull Larus pipixcan

Identification Tips:

Adult alternate:

Adult basic:



Similar species:

Laughing Gull is extremely similar. Adults in alternate plumage have grayer heads, less prominent eye crescents, smaller white tips to primaries and lack the white bar between gray upperwing and black primaries. Immatures and basic-plumaged adults typically lack the half-hoods of Franklin's Gull. Other minor plumage differences exist, but all age groups are perhaps best separated by structural features. Franklin's Gulls are shorter-billed, smaller, and have shorter wings. Bonaparte's, Little, Black-headed and Sabine's Gulls have much different wing patterns.