Leucophaeus atricilla


Common Names: Laughing gull
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Gulls, Terns, & Skimmers

The summer adult's body is white apart from the dark grey back and wings and black head. Its wings are much darker grey than all other gulls of similar size except the smaller Franklin's gull, and they have black tips without the white crescent shown by Franklin's. The beak is long and red. The black hood is mostly lost in winter. Laughing gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls other than Franklin's. First-year birds are greyer below and have paler heads than first-year Franklin's, and second-years can be distinguished by the wing pattern and structure.

Found on beaches and along the coast line.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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