27 December, 2009

Laughing Gull

Scientific Name: Larus atricilla

Population Estimate: 825K

Range: Year-round throughout the Gulf coast. Will extend up the Atlantic in the summer, and found throughout Mexico in the winter.

Field Notes: Small, black-headed gull. Rarely found inland. Non-breeding plumage as above. Breeding plumage would have completely black head with dark red bill. Differentiated from similar Franklin's Gull primarily by distribution.

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